Blogs tagged "african americans"

Truth and Memory in the Mississippi Delta: What the Emmett Till Case Means Today

Panelists Alvin Sykes, Wheeler Parker, and Jerry Mitchell
Rolando Herts, PhD, Director, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta State University, Cleveland, MississippiOn the same day when the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national media outlets announced the reopening of the Emmett Till case, 36 K-12 educators from across the country were gathered for a panel discussion in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, where the Till murder trial took place in 1955.Read More »
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Pulitzer Prize-winning Book of Poetry—“Olio”— Is a Liberating Experience

Tyehimba Jess
The 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Olio by Tyehimba Jess, “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” explains a statement from the judges, “to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.” English teachers will find a wealth of source material in the book’s bibliography—from slave narratives to histories of the music of black Americans—to supplement the study of the poems themselves, whRead More »

Questing after the American Dream: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Photo of a scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun 1959
“Seems like God don't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams—but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.” —A Raisin in the Sun  Read More »
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How to Write an Inaugural Address

Lincoln speaking at his second inaugural address
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is not only considered the greatest inaugural address but is also widely viewed as one of the most significant speeches in American literature. Its no suprise that it is included as a Common Core exemplary text under the Common Core State Standards .RI.11-12.9 for English Language Arts:Read More »
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Top History and Social Studies Resources for January

Image from interactive America on the sidelines
EDSITEment offers a wealth of history and social studies lessons, features, and interactives for your classroom. Some of our most popular lessons for January are listed below. We’ve also suggested related lessons. Most of these resources are designed for grades 9-12. All resources are lessons, except where indicated. Read More »
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