I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.
W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb
By Vincent Intondi
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his strong opposition to the war in Vietnam, the media attacked him for straying outside of his civil rights mandate. In so many words, powerful interests told him: “Mind your own business.” In fact, African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice—and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks.
People’s History Tool Kit—Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
As the school year gets underway, we share this tool kit to help you bring people’s history to the classroom. The tool kit features: Popular teaching activities; articles about what’s missing from textbooks; Rethinking Schools magazine, a must-read for everyone involved in education; Teaching for Change online bookstore, carefully selected books for pre-K to adult on social justice issues; and much more.
Upcoming Conferences and Institutes in 2015
The Zinn Education Project will play a role in the conferences listed below. We will distribute handouts, staff a booth where you can meet a representative from one of our coordinating organizations (Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change), and/or have representatives offering a workshop on teaching a people’s history. These conferences can provide a great opportunity to meet other progressive educators. Stop by to say hello.