Seeking Justice: Then and Now

  • Student Protests Result in University President’s Resignation | PBS NewsHour

    Learn about the University of Missouri's president's resignation amid protests over the university’s handling of racial discrimination on campus with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from November 9, 2015.

    Grades: 7-12
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    AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON: "Black Lives Matter"

    Join the conversation as speakers discuss why they consider it important to state that "Black Lives Matter" rather than "All Lives Matter" in this video from AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON. Hear from Arielle Newton of Black Millennials, Cornell Brooks of NAACP, and Umi Selah of Dream Defenders.

    Grades: 9-12
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    AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON: Students Face Systemic Inequalities

    Explore how systemic inequalities affect students in this video from AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON. Researchers Shaun Harper and Margaret Simms discuss how disparities in school funding and in rates of suspension, incarceration, and high school and college graduation correlate to race, and lead to a cascading set of inequalities in employment and economic well-being, and can impact subsequent generations.

    Warning: The beginning of the video includes footage of Walter Scott being shot in the back by a police officer.

    Grades: 9-12
  • America After Ferguson: Conversations About Race

    A variety of experts comment on the nation’s conversations about race and detail personal experiences with law enforcement, in this media gallery from America After Ferguson. Anna Deveare Smith talks about the great divide in terms of opportunity and resources that exists in our country. Candace McCoy cites a failure of public policy. Jason Riley ties the suspicion of black people to crime statistics. Jelani Cobb suggests that one’s experiences influences whether you live in fear of the police or welcome their protection. Tef Poe explains why he has no faith in law enforcement or the political process.

    Grades: 9-12
  • America After Ferguson: America and Race

    Following the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a panel discusses the complexities around race in this country, in this video from America After Ferguson. History professor Jelani Cobb conveys the deep sense of anger and loss that he observed in Ferguson and how protesters there saw similarities in the teenager's (Michael Brown's) shooting death and those of others, including Trayvon Martin. Actor and playwright Anna Deveare Smith notes that while our society had been considered by some to be in a post-racial era before the events in Ferguson, things are different now. Writer Jason Riley suggests there are groups that have a vested interest in keeping racism alive in America.

    Grades: 9-12
  • America After Ferguson: Audience Voices

    Town Hall audience members express their thoughts on racism in America in this video from America After Ferguson. One man states that unless you’re black, you won’t see racism in America. Another calls racism “a white problem” that white people have to solve. A woman suggests that even nice and well-intentioned whites share certain “privileges” that come with their race. Lastly, a man uses six words—“I am not black, I’m human”—to emphasize his point that we need to move forward from Ferguson, as a collective body of people regardless of what we look like, rather than just focus on the many kinds of racism that exist.

    Grades: 9-12
  • America After Ferguson: The Race Card Project

    Learn about The Race Card Project, in which people share thoughts and experiences about race or cultural identity using only six words, in this media gallery from America After Ferguson. Michele Norris, the NPR correspondent who started the project, talks about the context of these submissions. For example, Norris explains why one woman from Wisconsin chose “I’m afraid of most black men” as her six words, while an elderly white woman chose “I smile at young black men” as hers. In the town hall segment, submissions include “Race. Not a choice. An attitude.” whose author explains is consistent with the advice he gives his two biracial sons.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Study Shows Sharp Racial Divide In Reaction To Ferguson

    NPR by Audie Cornish - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 - A recent study by the Pew Research Center finds that there are stark racial divisions in reactions to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Image Credit: Getty Images

    Grades: 5-12
  • Ferguson Residents Speak up About Protests

    Help students discover viewpoints from residents of Ferguson, Missouri, with this August 20, 2014 video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Current Events in Ferguson: The Michael Brown Shooting

    Use these videos and handouts from PBS Newshour Extra to address the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed teenager. These news stories span from August 12, 2014, through November 24, 2014.

    The incident began when officer Darren Wilson stopped Michael Brown, a 17-year-old student, on Aug. 9, 2014. There are differing accounts of what happened next, but eyewitnesses say that Brown had his hands in the air and was surrendering to police when Wilson shot him six times. The event sparked racial tension in Ferguson, a town where the majority population is black and most police officers are white, and set off protests nationwide. The incident has also raised questions about the role of police in a community and during protests.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Anger and Unrest in Missouri After Police Kill Unarmed Teenager

    Update your students on the police shooting that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from August 11, 2014.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Racial Profiling Case, 1990

    This 1990 archival news footage from WGBH records black leaders from Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood speaking angrily about what they believe was a racially motivated murder investigation. Activist ministers Don Muhammad and Graylan Hagler express their anger at police investigators and public officials, whom they think ignored vital information in the investigation. Muhammad and Hagler extend blame to media reporters, whom the leaders say were too easily taken in by “the dreadful hoax” perpetrated by the actual killer, the murdered woman’s husband.

    This video is primary source footage and is presented as originally recorded.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Freedom | The March @ 50 - Episode 4

    Since the 1963 March, black male incarceration has become a growth industry. The crime rates trend downward, yet incarceration continues to rise. How can citizens be considered free when behind bars in unprecedented numbers? Shukree seeks answers from Becky Pettit, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and then takes these questions to his own family. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • 1964: "Anger in Harlem"

    As blacks fought for civil rights in the South, blacks in the North questioned the commitment of whites to racial equality, as shown in this video from American Experience: “1964.” The shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in Harlem led to an angry response from blacks, who were frustrated by the slow progress of civil rights and continued unfair treatment by police. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Murder of Emmett Till- Emmett Till, a Sacrifical Lamb

    The murder of Emmett Till and the acquittal of his killers outraged many. This injustice helped inspire the growth of the Civil Rights movement. Video from, American Experience: "The Murder of Emmett Till."

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Murder of Emmett Till

    Watch this video segment—adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: "The Murder of Emmett Till”—to learn the story of a 14-year-old black boy who was brutally murdered on a visit to Mississippi from Chicago in 1955. After Emmett whistled at a white woman, he was beaten and murdered by two white men; they were later found innocent by an all-white jury. Emmett’s tragic death and the subsequent publicity about the trial helped spark the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.

    Grades: 9-12