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Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 7: On ‘Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 7: On ‘Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of...

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WinnerPeri Ferguson, 16, from King School in Stamford, Conn., chose a guest essay from the Opinion section headlined “Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism” and wrote:My grandmother was a Black valedictorian. She couldn’t afford to go to college. Her family members were poor farmers, descendants of poor sharecroppers, descendants of slaves.My father…
Lesson of the Day: ‘The Black Woman Artist Who Crafted a Life She Was Told She Couldn’t Have’

Lesson of the Day: ‘The Black Woman Artist Who Crafted a Life She Was...

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2. What biographical events most shaped Savage’s life and her work? What aspects of her life story resonate most for you?3. How did Savage fight back against the prejudice and racism she faced throughout her life, such as the rescinding of a scholarship to attend the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts in Paris when the…
Black programmers and technologists who inspire us

Black programmers and technologists who inspire us

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February is Black History Month in the United States — a month we honor the important contributions of the Black community throughout history.We’re grateful for the contributions of Black pioneers that have broken barriers and paved the way for more inclusivity and diversity in the tech industry. We’ve come a long way — but there’s…
Red and Black Map

Red and Black Map

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 2021.This image was created to illustrate an article in The Times this week. What do you think that article was about? What clues in this image tell you that? What parts of the image are especially interesting to…
Film Club: ‘Why I Won’t Teach My Son ‘Black Codes’’

Film Club: ‘Why I Won’t Teach My Son ‘Black Codes’’

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Find all our Film Club films here.“Why I Won’t Teach My Son ‘Black Codes’” is a four-minute animated film that touches on themes of race and parenting. It profiles Debra, a new mother, who describes her hopes and fears about raising a black son in America. Although her son is just 1, she knows soon…
Film Club: ‘Traveling While Black’

Film Club: ‘Traveling While Black’

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Note to teachers: This film contains depictions of violence and a racial slur. Please preview the entire film before sharing it with students to make sure it is appropriate for your class. _________ How have race and racism impacted African Americans’ ability to move freely throughout the United States in the past and today? “Traveling…
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