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This is a collection of educational resources from PBS LearningMedia to support educators and families while discussing issues pertaining to civil rights, protesting, Black history and historical individuals, past and current events, and more. These resources are free and open for all to use.
This is not an exhaustive list of resources.
These resources are appropriate for middle and high school students, unless otherwise noted.
These educational materials are to be used in conjunction with other resources, conversations, and instruction to provide the most complete context for students.
As with all educational materials, please preview these resources prior to utilizing with students to check for appropriateness.
Acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert explores the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American dream in the face of unrelenting barriers
Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta.
- Civil Rights: Then & Now
- The Supreme Court: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
- Civil Rights
- American Experience: Civil Rights
- The Lowdown: The Unfinished Business from the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement
- The Civil Rights Landscape Today for People of Color
- The Economic Impact of Racial Discrimination
- Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement
Black History & Historical Individuals
- Reconstruction: America After the Civil War with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
- Georgia’s Black History Collection
- Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
- Coded Geographies: The Green Book | South Central Civic Action
- Lorraine Hansberry | A Raisin in the Sun: Jim Crow, Home Ownership, and the American Dream
- East Lake Meadows: Redlining | Stereotyping and the Narrative of the Welfare Queen
- How Many Americans Live in Poverty, and What Does That Actually Mean?
- What You Need to Know About Gentrification
- A New Gilded Age: Income Inequality in the United States Today
- Finding Your Roots: Ruth Simmons | Maya Rudolph | Sean Combs | Valerie Jarrett | Derek Jeter | Courtney B. Vance | Condoleeza Rice | Samuel L. Jackson | John Lewis | Wanda Sykes
- American Icons: Malcom X | Rosa Parks | Muhammed Ali | Sojourner Truth | George Washington Carver | Martin Luther King Jr. | Jackie Robinson
- American Masters: James Baldwin | Maya Angelou | Lorraine Hansberry | August Wilson | Zora Neale Hurston | Bill T. Jones | Sammy Davis Jr. | Ralph Ellison
The Conscious Kid
The Equal Justice Initiative
American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren
We Need Diverse Books
- Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, & Inclusion
- Where to Find Diverse Books
- African American Literature Book Club
- The Brown Bookshelf
The Zinn Education Project
Social Justice Books
- Curated Booklists
- See What We See: Children’s and Young Adult Book Reviews
- Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
Zero to Three
- Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families
- Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum
- Equity Resources: Living the Statement
- Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom
- Building Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: The Role of the Leader
- Moving Beyond Anti-Bias Activities: Supporting the Development of Anti-Bias Practices
Current Events & News
- Memphis Police Take Specialized Approach to Mental Illness
- A Conversation with My Black Son: Understanding the History Behind Modern Racial Profiling
- How the Deck is Stacked?
- Investigating the Newark Police Department
- Perspectives on Police Encounters
- The Return of School Segregation in Eight Charts
- Separate and Unequal | School Integration
- Exploring Racial Barriers at NASA
- PBS NewsHour Daily News Story
- Above the Noise
- Affirmative Action: Should Race Be a Factor in College Admissions?
- Why are Schools Still So Segregated?
- How Do Algorithms Predict Criminal Behavior?
- News and Media Literacy
- NYC in Mourning After Gunman Kills NYPD Officers
- Peaceful Protests
- Protest and Politics
- American Experience: Freedom Riders | The Tactic
- Freedom Rides of 1961
- March on Washington | Racial Equity: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Still Need to Go?
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- Theatre as Protest
- Protests at the White House
- Youth Explain Why They March
- Art for Change
- Decisions in the Streets
- Whose Streets?
Resources for Adults Working with Young Children
- How to Teach Young Children about Cultural Awareness & Diversity
- Learning to Appreciate Diversity Through Play
- Celebrate Family Diversity
- Talking to Kids: Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- Play Pretend: How to Include Others
- How to Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”
- 7 Ways for Kids to Learn Empathy Through Acting
- Creating an Emotionally Supportive Home Environment
PBS LearningMedia (resources to share with young children)
- Collection: World Cultures Collection
- Video: Same/Different with Abby & Elmo
- Lesson: Arthur’s World Neighborhood
- Media Gallery: Alike & Different | Daniel Tiger’s Life’s Little Lessons
- Song: Count Me In | Sesame Street
- Song: What I Am | Sesame Street
- Song: You Are Special | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
- Arthur All About Community
- Appreciating & Understanding Diversity
- Civics: Making a Difference
- 6 Books to Read with Your Kids That Celebrate Differences and Diversity
- 13-year old Found of #1000blackgirlbooks Shares Some of Her Favorite Reads
- It’s Never too Early to Talk to Your Kids About Race
- How One Parent Talks to His Biracial Kids About Race