Teaching for Black Lives: The Book

Black students’ minds and bodies are under attack. We’re fighting back.

Teaching for Black Lives is full of essays, teaching activities, role plays, poems, and artwork, designed to illuminate the movement for Black students’ lives, the school-to-prison-pipeline, Black history, gentrification, Black joy, intersectional Black identities, and more.

Throughout this book, we demonstrate how teachers connect curriculum to young people’s lives and root their concerns and daily experiences in what is taught and how classrooms are organized. We also highlight the hope and beauty of student activism and collective action.

Learn more about Teaching for Black Lives at Rethinking Schools.

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“This book is not just for teachers in the classroom, but also for those of us who care about making Black lives matter in the community. It should be required reading for all who care about the future of Black youth.”

Ayọ Tometi#BlackLivesMatter co-founder and executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration

“In this edited volume, we learn that Black Lives Matter is not just a rallying cry in the movement against police abuse and violence, but it is also a critical framework for understanding the persistent attacks on public education. As public schools face withering attacks on the national, state, and local level, this important collection edited by Watson, Hagopian, and Au will educate, inspire, and rally those in the struggle for education justice. From students, to educators, to a public that cares about public education, this book is a must-read to know the issues at stake and the strategies necessary to win.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorProfessor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

“Teaching for Black Lives is a moral lifeline for all educators looking to rehumanize our schools and society through education, love, and action.”

Awo Okaikor Aryee-PriceEducator and national co-organizer of Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action