Presenting the history of race in America is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations. The Smithsonian’sNational Museum of African American History & Culture has launched an online portal to facilitate dialogue about race in the United States. This platform comes as protests over racial violence and police brutality spread rapidly across the country. The portal, Talking About Race, features videos, activities, scholarly texts, and more than 100 other resources that examine how racism and racial identity form our society. Start by exploring one of the Talking About Race topics: “Historical Foundations of Race,” “Bias,” “Social Identities and Systems of Oppression.”
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
The world has been on high alert concerning the spread of the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea outlines the known facts about the virus and giving students the opportunity to explore instances of discrimination related to this novel strain of coronavirus.
In an article in Smithsonian Magazine, journalist and digital editor Meilan Solly presents 158 resources chronicling the history of anti-Black violence and inequality in the United States within a narrative that explains and contextualizes them.