Julian Hipkins III

‘The People vs. Columbus’ Trial Featured on BackStory
By | October 12, 2013

The Rethinking Schools role play The People vs. Columbus et al. was featured on the Back Story Radio show 1492: Columbus in Memory. The producers visited the class of U.S. history teacher Julian Hipkins in Washington, D.C. as part of their show to examine the way Columbus’s representation has …
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Video Highlights from the Howard Zinn Room Dedication
By | September 20, 2012

We are pleased to share video highlights from the special event on Sept. 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Howard Zinn Room at Busboys and Poets, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project.
More than 300 people were inspired by the words of Jeff
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The Children’s Defense Fund Partners with the Zinn Education Project
By | September 5, 2012

When Marian Wright Edelman called to ask if we could help with the Youth Advocate Leadership Training at the 2012 Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Community and Youth Empowerment Conference, how could we say no?
This was a wonderful opportunity to share people’s history lessons from the Zinn Education Project with
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Civic Voices: Connecting Teachers and Youth to Local Activists through Oral Histories
By | January 23, 2012

By Jozi Zwerdling
Quezada and Benson were two of 16 educators referred by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change’s Zinn Education Project along with colleagues across the nation for the Civic Voices’ International Democracy Memory Bank Project. Civic Voices, administered by the American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation (AFTEF), and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is an “international civic education exchange program that involves teachers and students from around the world in preserving the legacy of their countries’ democratic struggles.” The Zinn Education Project was thrilled to introduce this extraordinary opportunity to educators. The highlight for them was a three-day seminar in Birmingham, Ala., in the fall of 2011.

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History Steps Out of the Photograph: John Carlos Speaks to Students
By | October 11, 2011

More than 100 students and teachers at Capital City Public Charter School had the opportunity to hear from 1968 Olympic icon and political activist John Carlos and sportswriter Dave Zirin on Oct. 3, 2011. As part of the national book tour to launch The John Carlos Story, Carlos and Zirin spoke to the students about that moment in history, the limited explanations given in textbooks, and its continued significance.

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Educators and Activists Celebrate the Legacy of Howard Zinn and the Zinn Education Project
By | October 10, 2011

There was a standing-room-only crowd at the new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., for the special event on Sept. 21 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Zinn Room, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project.
The date ended up being more significant than could have been imagined. …
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Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Rethinking Columbus
By | October 9, 2011

One of the most popular teaching activities on the Zinn Education Project website is The People vs. Columbus, et al. which challenges student to critically examine the motivations for and impact of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in Hispaniola.

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Dedication of the Zinn Room at Busboys and Poets — Excerpts from Talks
By | September 26, 2011

Here are selected excerpts from the presentations on September 21, 2011 at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville at the dedication of the Zinn Room and fundraiser for the Zinn Education Project.  

Dave Zirin

“Something Howard always said, ‘It doesn’t matter who’s sitting in the White House, it matters who’s sitting …

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Zinn Education Project Partners with StoryCorps’ National Teachers Initiative
By | August 8, 2011

The Zinn Education Project is teaming up with StoryCorps, the national nonprofit oral history project, for their National Teachers Initiative. This initiative seeks to honor and celebrate the impact of public school teachers by recording, sharing, and preserving their stories. We are excited at this opportunity to introduce StoryCorps …
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Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
By | August 16, 2014

Teaching Activity. By Julian Hipkins III, Deborah Menkart, Sara Evers, and Jenice View.
Role play on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) that introduces students to a vital example of small “d” democracy in action. For grades 7+.

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‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation
By | February 17, 2015

Article. By Julian Hipkins III and Deborah Menkart. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
At the 1964 Democratic National convention, former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party made a dramatic challenge to the all-white delegation. Their actions rocked the political landscape.

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