Lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass legislation that would punish schools where teachers teach truth about U.S. history.
In response, educators, students, and their supporters are gathering on August 27-29, 2021 to speak out against these attempts to hide our nation’s racist past.
The Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teach for Change), Black Lives Matter at School, and the African American Policy Forum are organizing a national weekend of action on August 27-29, 2021.
Educators across the U.S. are signing a pledge to teach truth and gathering at historical landmarks to raise public awareness about the danger of these bills. Teachers with be reading pledges along with students who will testify to why they want to learn history outside the textbook.
Educators in more than 115 cities have signed up so far to host events. You can organize a gathering at a site (or online) with fellow educators, family members, students, and community members. The group can be any size. Every voice and action counts!
Need an idea? Host a walking tour, a march, or a rally. Organize a book swap! Ask participants to bring a book that changed their perspective on systemic racism/inequity that might be considered “divisive” under the new law. At the end of the event, anyone who brings a book can pick a new one. For more ideas, go to www.zinnedproject.org/news/aug-27-29-teach-truth-days-action.
To endorse the action, or to sign-up to host an action in your city, go to www.zinnedproject.org/news/endorse-teachtruth-days-of-action.