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Kanye and Katrina: Environmental Racism in New Orleans

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Handout, Lesson Plan


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(Note: this lesson contains some profanity. Teacher discretion advised.)

Hurricane Katrina made landfall and hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005.

In this lesson, students analyze demographic data, and watch footage from CNN’s Soundtracks series and a congressional hearing after the disaster to better understand the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina, and the way the federal government’s response brought to light issues of racial neglect. Students also investigate how Kanye West’s comments during a national fundraiser articulated the disappointment and anger many black Americans felt following Hurricane Katrina.

This lesson made possible in part by Leaving a Positive Legacy, Inc.  Positive Legacy is a 501c3 nonprofit that integrates music and service to benefit people and the planet.



Kanye and Katrina Environmental Racism in New Orleans - TeachRock.pdf

Lesson Plan
August 24, 2023
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August 24, 2023
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