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The Seattle Times Presents:

Following the stories of two youth, this film addresses the impact of policing and surveillance, specifically on young immigrant and black communities in New York City. Youth producers are hoping to use the film to raise awareness among high school students about how they can fight back against Islamophobia and racism in their schools, on the streets and in NYC policy. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

First lady Michelle Obama will give her final remarks as first lady today at an event recognizing the 2017 School Counselor of the Year. She has an inspirational message for youth!

"So wake up — wake up! Lift your voices" - Donovan Livingston

Full remarks transcribed here:


More Resources for Equity & Social Justice Resources

Recommended Books

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Tatum

  • Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Urban Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart by Shawn Ginwright

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


16 Black Women Artist-Activists From the Past & Present That We Must Celebrate

Guerrilla Girls - Not Ready to Make Nice


Visual Artists of Color

Romare Bearden:

Kehinde Wiley:

Mickalene Thomas:

Kara Walker:

David Gonzalez:

Gordon Parks:


Poets and Authors of Color:

Natalie Diaz

Martin Espada

Lucille Clifton

Sandra Cisneros

Willie Perdomo

Sherman Alexie

Additional WEB Resources:

Seattle Times Series "Under Our Skin".  

National Immigration Law Center

Waking Up White: A Resource for White Folks  July 2016 Blog


Renee Watson

Art is For Action, Renée Watson’s Blog

Bread for the Journey: An Online Companion, “Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist, Multicultural Institution”

Zinn Project - Teaching resources for social justice themed lessons. Great resources for understanding root causes and learning about unsung heroes of several movements.

NYCORE: New York Collective of Radical Educators -  Lesson plans and information about annual social justice conference.

Using Their Words -  Resource for picture books to use in the classroom that handle social justice issues, diversity, etc.

Rethinking Schools -  Curriculum Guides, articles, and online resource

Teaching Tolerance -  Lesson plans, articles, teaching resources

Joy Degruy 

Paulo Freire    

Tim Wise

Shawn Ginwright