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Black History Month Features

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February is Black History Month! While we must celebrate the lives of Black people every day, we believe it is important to also take time during Black History Month to recognize the rich and complex history, hard-won triumphs, and persistent challenges faced by Black people.

We especially want to highlight ways to support Black students, who continue to face systemic barriers that prevent them from accessing excellent and equitable schools.

For five decades, IDRA has remained committed to achieving excellent, equitable schooling for diverse students in our pioneering style that intersects research, policy, practice and community engagement. We’re happy to share news and resources with you as we kick off this special month.

2024 Features


A Policy Agenda to Support Black Students, by Morgan Craven, J.D., February 27, 2024

Going Back to that Beautiful History – In Defense of African American Studies, by Terrence Wilson, J.D., February 27, 2024

Black Students Belong – The Case for an Afrofuturistic Education, by Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., February 27, 2024

Books by Black Authors to Add to Your Classroom Library, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., February 27, 2024

Books by Black Authors for Your Classroom

2023 Features


The Story that Refuses to be Silenced, Terrence Wilson, J.D., February 7, 2023

The Father of Black History – What Carter G. Woodson Continues to Teach Us About Our Present Moment, Makiah Lyons, February 7, 2023

School Segregation through Vouchers – What Policymakers Can Learn from a History of State Efforts to Use Vouchers to Avoid Integration, Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., February 7, 2023

Texas Lawmakers Propose Laws to Support Black Students, History and Heritage, Chloe Latham Sikes, February 16, 2023

Georgia General Assembly Considers Legislation that Would Support Students, Terrence Wilson, J.D., February 16, 2023

33 Years Later, Tough on Crime Still Bad for Students, Makiah Lyons, February 24, 2023

Bans on Black Literature and Learning are Nothing New – State Lawmakers Must Reject Calls to Reinstate Antebellum-era Policies, Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., February 24, 2023

The Pivotal Joys of Learning Black History

We Must Do the Right Thing – Honoring the Legacy of a Southern Civil Rights Hero, Thomas Marshall III, M.Ed., February 7, 2023

Owning Our History – Henrietta Wood’s Story, Alisha “Tuff” Tuff, February 7, 2023

The Power of Music – A Reflection for Black History Month, Alisha “Tuff” Tuff, February 16, 2023

It Takes a Village to Change the World, Steve Kemgang, February 24, 2023

Black History through Music, Art, Song & Dance, Terrence Wilson, J.D., February 24, 2023

School Resource hub boxHighlights of Classroom Lessons in the IDRA SEEN School Resource Hub ~ We All Belong

  • Gladys Bentley – Gender-Bending Harlem Renaissance Performer and Musician, Unladylike2020
  • African American History: Climbing the Wall, PBS History Detectives
  • CulturED Collection #2 – E-raced: A Lesson Uncovering the False Science of Race, IDRA
  • Yes, She Can: Michelle Obama, IDRA
  • Leading the Fight with Lead, IDRA
  • Successes and Failures in Resistance to Slavery, PBS Learning Media
  • AIM Framework for Teaching Intercultural Skills – IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 230
  • Tools for Teaching About Race and Culture – IDRA webinar
  • The Real World: Understanding the Difference Education Makes, IDRA
  • Sissieretta Jones – Opera Star & First African American Woman to Headline a Concert at Carnegie Hall, Unladylike2020
  • The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, C-SPAN
  • Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, David Waldstreicher with C-SPAN

See these lessons and more on the IDRA SEEN School Resource Hub ~  We All Belong

2022 Features

Honoring the Arms that Lift Us – Southern Stories from Our Black Staff

This month, some of IDRA’s Black staff members will share their experiences of how family, teachers and community, particularly Black women, have impacted their lives and sent them on a trajectory in working for justice and student opportunity in education.

Doing the Work of Love – A Letter to the Community who Raised Me by Thomas Marshall III


eNews: February 15, 2022

  • Students Speak Against Classroom Censorship
  • Resources for Learning
  • Resources for Safe Schooling

2021 Features

eNews: February 3, 2021