"Talking About Race"

We felt that it was vital this week to share a resource from our colleagues at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They have released a new portal called "Talking About Race." Their museum educators have compiled a collection of digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents, caregivers and individuals committed to racial equality. Explore the web portal > 

The additional resources and programs below aim to foster discussions and provide educational materials that you can share with your students, as well as the larger community.

Resources and Activities

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America
These Smithsonian resources are designed to foster an equal society, encourage commitment to unbiased choices and promote antiracism in all aspects of life.
The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum invites people to share stories of how communities are supporting each other on a day-to-day basis.
Teaching Young Children About Race
Recommended by educators at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, this is a practical guide for early childhood educators and parents.
Greensboro Lunch Counter
This activity from the National Museum of American history invites viewers to join the student sit-ins through a 22-minute video. Included are focus questions that students should consider while they are watching. 
CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall
"Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
What Resources Would You Like to See?
When is your school year over? We are preparing the wind down our emails for the school year, but we will be back in August. What resources would you like to see in the future? We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts with us by sending an email to smithsonianteacher@si.edu.


Lexile Leveled Articles From TweenTribune

Flexin’ in her Complexion: Bullied girl a messenger of hope
When Kheris Rogers was being bullied because of her dark skin, she took action, creating the "Flexin' in My Complexion" movement.
Recalling an era when the color of your skin meant you paid to vote
Poll taxes were, quite simply, a tax to pay to vote. They were enacted from the late 19th to the very early 20th century. They remained in effect until the 1960s.
Girl Scouting was once segregated
Like today's Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low's initial organization declared itself a space for all girls. But the reality was different for girls of color.
King's legacy: Remembering the March on Washington
Before the March on Washington in 1963, no protests of that scale had ever taken place in the U.S. before.