HHRC Blog

Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul?

By HHRC | July 1, 2020

Without careful thought and planning, schools risk alienating Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) stakeholders, reinforcing white saviorism and derailing the possibility of future efforts. Standards and skills can always be retaught, but school culture is too important to get wrong. Your north star is always centering your most marginalized and under resourced students. 

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July by Frederick Douglass

By HHRC | July 1, 2020

Below is an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’ speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July. For teachers, we provide links to incorporate this speech into your curriculum, as…

Teaching Stonewall

By HHRC | June 28, 2020

By CORY COLLINS, Originally published in Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Issue 62, Summer 2019. It was just past 1:00 a.m. in New York City on Saturday, June 28, 1969, when police…

How Can We Build Anti-Racist White Educators?

By HHRC | June 27, 2020

One teacher reflects on what he and other white educators need to understand as they work to build anti-racist practices and identities.

Alice Walker on Identity

By HHRC | June 24, 2020

“Please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow…

Transgender Maine: “The Kids are Alright” by Gia Drew

By HHRC | June 18, 2020

By the fall of 2010, I was emotionally exhausted and had come to the realization that I needed to be honest with myself, to save myself. But those words are easier said, than the reality of showing up to work, as a well known high school teacher and track coach in Southern Maine, as Ms Drew instead of Mr. Drew. What I didn’t know then was I was to become one of the first OUT transgender public school teachers in Maine, and one of the first transgender high school coaches in the country.

Harvey Milk on Human Rights

By HHRC | June 17, 2020

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to…

You and White Supremacy: A Challenge to Educators

By HHRC | June 11, 2020

It started as a series of Instagram posts; then it became a downloadable workbook. Now, the “Me and White Supremacy” challenge is reaching the mainstream—and creator Layla F. Saad hopes all teachers with white privilege will find the courage to take it.

Black Minds Matter

By HHRC | June 10, 2020

Interrupting school practices that disregard the mental health of black youth.

Video: Racism Is A Virus Too Panel Discussion Feat. State Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

By HHRC | June 9, 2020

In the wake of the recent and tragic death of George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Brown communities, the rise in…