Turning a Moment into a Movement: Responding to Racism in the Classroom

  • Terrie Epstein
Keywords: Social Justice, Black Lives Matter, Social Movements, Race, Racism, Citizenship


Racism is endemic, yet racism is often thought to be a topic for debate. It is not. In this paper, I have assembled a range of several interesting or provocative ideas related to understanding the historical legacy of racism and inequality, as well as some potential solutions or actions to mitigate the effects of racism in today’s society. These ideas are not exhaustive, but they provide a starting point for teachers making an effort to turn the moments we’ve seen in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Minneapolis into a movement.

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