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Social Justice Issues

The circumstances surrounding the recent deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile in Minnesota have, again, generated much debate and discussions about race, justice and the legal system. 

AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Secretary-...

Black History Month is celebrated each February in the US. The celebration originally began as a week-long event in 1925 arranged by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which wanted to celebrate African-Americans’ contributions to society. The celebrations grew in the...

On May 17, 1954 the Brown v. Board of Education decision was made. This landmark Supreme Court decision declared that laws establishing separate public schools for black and white children were unconstitutional. The Brown v. Board of Education ruling overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of...

On March 31, we celebrate César Chávez Day. Chávez, a civil rights and labor activist, co-founded the United Farm Workers Union and used nonviolent protests to fight for the rights of laborers. Although it is not a federal holiday, President Obama has urged all Americans to celebrate Chávez’s...

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Originally proposed by President Kennedy in 1963, this landmark piece of legislation made discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin illegal. Additionally, the Civil Rights Act ended the...

Deepening Our Knowledge to Build the Movement

These classroom resources complement the 2015 AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference program. To access these materials, you will need to create an account on Share My Lesson. It takes just 30 seconds to join, and registration and...

Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-Americans with your students during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These K-12 lesson plans, activities and classroom resources will help engage your students and bring new ideas to life.

The AFT’s own Share My Lesson offers a collection of lessons to help teachers educate all students about immigration and create inclusive school communities. The materials, which teachers, parents, and immigration advocacy organizations from across the country have contributed to and which...

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, particularly in the United States? As the American Federation of Teachers celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Share My Lesson has...

On August 28, 1963, approximately 250,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is considered to be one of the largest peaceful political rallies for human rights in history. Among other events, the march participants gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear...

As the tragic details associated with the attack in Orlando, Fla. unfold, we all are struggling to find the words to articulate what happened and what to do next. Your students and children are no exception. Share My Lesson has teaching materials and resources that will help you offer...