The recent movie The Birth of a Nation, in conjunction with primary sources about Nat Turner's rebellion, can be an excellent jumping off point into a lesson on slavery, public law, and private power.
This special issue offers approaches for improving the teaching of Black history.
Focusing on barrier-breaking individuals in teaching about history not only fosters hero-worshipping, but ignores the power of groups in initiating broad social change.
Studying the school for young Black women founded by Nannie Burroughs can launch an engaging discussion on institution building as a tool for social justice.
Teachers can use specific tools and strategies highlighted in this article to foster open, honest, and productive dialogues on race and identity in an educational setting.