FREEDOM TO LEARN
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After a month of Weekly F2L Activation Convenings, there was tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for the May 3rd National Day of Action across the country. With 150 activations from New York City to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD, from California to Florida, Texas, and beyond, together we lifted our voices to hold the College Board and its enablers accountable for their blatant censorship of central authors, concepts, and topics from the AP African American Studies course. THE WORK CONTINUES, can you give us FIVE?
Repost social media content from #freedomtolearn.
Create a video talking about your favorite banned book and WHY we must demand the Freedom to Learn.
Subscribe to Freedom to Learn TV to get updates on activations happening around the country and watch some of our most engaging and relevant content, including select Under the Blacklight episodes and highlights from our past CRT Summer Schools.
Write an Op-ed on the importance of demanding our Freedom to Learn and pitch it to media outlets, self-publish on Medium or post to your social media.
Create a banned book reading list and/or curriculum AND launch your own Freedom Readers book club (meet virtually or in person once a week, every other week or once a month.
Freedom to Learn TV featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw tuning in on the ground in NYC who was joined by Kaye Wise Whitehead from the National Womens’ Studies Association Teach-in in Maryland. During the morning segment we welcomed Luke Harris to speak about the work ahead of the National Day of Action followed by educators, James Whitfield, Amy Donofrio, and Matthew Hawn who were all targeted for teaching the truth. We later welcomed scholars Cathy J. Cohen, Anthea Butler, David Blight, Daniel HoSang and Jason Stanley to outline the attacks on Black feminism, queer theory, and the historical context for what is happening in the US. Fresh off his performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Roy Wood, Jr. joined us to share how he uses comedy to illuminate what is really behind the wave of attacks on CRT and on teaching the truth in our schools. We welcomed back author Maggie Tokuda-Hall to speak about how she stood up against Scholastic Publishing’s censorship of her book Love in the Library. We followed up post-rally with guest host David Johns talking with UT-Austin scholar-activist Ashley Farmer and South Carolina organizer, Crystal Rouse. Khalil Gibran Muhammad closed out F2L TV after interviewing Boston organizer Liz Phipps-Soeiro, Cliff Albright from Black Voters Matter, and TJC’s President, Barbara Arnwine, joining us from New Orleans.
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When Racial Reckoning and Anti-Wokeness” Collide – What’s Left Out of AP African American Studies and Why Everyone Should Care
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