Racism in Education

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically."


 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



UW’s Black campus police

officers file multimillion-dollar

claims over ‘unbearable’ racism

The Seattle Times, June 2021

The War on Critical

Race Theory

Boston Review, June 2021

Arizona 'biased teaching' bill

would fine teachers for

discussion of controversial issues

azcentral, June 2021

Teachers across the country

protest laws restricting

lessons on racism

The Washington Post, June 2021

The Miseducation

of White Children

The Nation, June 2021

Diversity training on WA college campuses will soon be mandatory

Crosscut, June 2021

Students, faculty at Seattle universities join national

push for change at campus

police departments

The Seattle Times, June 2021

Texas GOP Passes Bill To

Stop Teachers From Talking

About Racism

HuffPost, May 2021

Overlooked No More:

Barbara Johns, Who Defied Segregation in Schools

The New York Times, May 2021

The Steep Cost of Decades

of Discrimination

The Atlantic, May 2021

If Only There Were a Viral

Video of Our Jim Crow

Education System

The New York Times, May 2021

Sharp rise in parents seeking to

ban anti-racist books in US schools

The Guardian, April 2021

The case that launched Thurgood Marshall’s fight to end segregation

in America’s schools.

PBS, March 2021

The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing

NEA, March 2021

Georgetown Law Fires Professor

for ‘Abhorrent’ Remarks About

Black Students

The New York Times, March 2021

Are Private Schools Immoral?

A conversation with Nikole

Hannah-Jones about race,

education, and hypocrisy.

The Atlantic, March 2021

I was a well-meaning White

teacher. But my harsh discipline harmed Black kids.

The Washington Post, March 2021

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be

published for racist images

The Seattle Times, March 2021

He Wants to Save Classics from

Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?

The New York Times, Feb. 2021

Missing in School Reopening

Plans: Black Families’ Trust

The New York Times, Feb. 2021

Charlottesville schools look north

for model to shed resource officers

The Daily Progress, Jan. 2021

A viral video forced a wealthy

Texas suburb to confront racism.

A 'silent majority' fought back.

NBC News, Jan. 2021

New York City Will Change

Many Selective Schools to

Address Segregation

The New York Times Dec. 2020

Cops Don’t Keep Kids Safe

at School: The Case

Against School Police

ReThinking Schools, Dec. 2020

How Black Oaklanders Finally Expelled the School Police

Mother Jones, NovDec. 2020


A reminder from new report: Washington’s schools

are far from equitable

Seattle Times, Nov. 2020

When learning is virtual,

Black parents can watch for

unfair treatment.

New York Times, Oct. 2020

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Chicago Unheard, July 2020

What Anti-racist

Teachers Do Differently

The Atlantic, June 2020

Minneapolis Is Taking

Police Out of Schools

Slate, June 2020

4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren

NPR, June 2020

Still Separate, Still Unequal:

Teaching about School Segregation

& Educational Inequality

NYT, May 2019

How Teachers are Changing Grading with an Eye on Equity

KQED, Feb. 2019

The Resegregation of

Jefferson County

The New York Times, Sept. 2017


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Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

Eve L. Ewing  , 2020


The Lost Education of

Horace Tate: Uncovering

the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools

Vanessa S. Walker,  2018


A People's History

of the United States

Howard Zinn,  2015



Season three tells the story of the battle

to desegregate Boston publc schools.

(7 episodes)

Integrated Schools

Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey

(58 min)

Nice White Parents

A five part podcast about

racism in public schools

The Promise

In Nashville, One neighborhood, two schools — one black and poor, the other white and well-off, and the kids stuck in the middle. (8 episodes)

Sounds Like Hate

"Not Okay" — two episodes

focus on hate in schools

Teaching to Thrive

Ideas to strengthen the lives of Black and Brown students in schools & communities

The Problem We All Live With

Two-part series from This American

Life about school desegregation

Revisionist History

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustmen‪t‬ —

A landmark Supreme Court case.

A civil rights revolution. (38 min.)


A Class Divided

Frontline 1985 (53 min.)

Organizations & Resources


Teaching Network

The Center for Race

& Public Education

in the South

Colorful Pages



Reports from a four-year study of the broken school funding system

Equity in

Education Coalition

Facing History

and Ourselves


for Justice

Mentoring Urban

Students & Teens



Sea Center for

Racial Equity


United Negro

College Fund

We Need

Diverse Books


Education Project