The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant. SHEG also offers other assessments for evaluating historical significance; the alternative versions address the Greensboro Sit-Ins, Iwo Jima, Kent State, Little Rock, Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nagasaki, and more. In addition to a photo prompt, the SHEG site provides a rubric for each assessment.
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
As protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country, Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School offers a new, freecurriculum resource guide for K–12 teachers, covering racism, social justice, and diversity.
Visitors to the American Writers Museum’s website will learn about the life and work of Frederick Douglass in the museum’s newest virtual exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator. They will see how Douglass’s words remain far too relevant today and why now is as important as ever to, as Douglass said, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”