In the United States, we find ourselves in the midst of a struggle for liberation; an uprising where all around the country, people of color are rebelling against the status quo. In honor of the uprising that we are humbled to be a part of, we will highlight organizations that rebelled to reach for a world that was more equitable for all – a world where they could be free. This year’s theme for Blacked Out History is Rebellion. From February 21st to the 29th, we will be sharing original artwork and educating on organizations from the past and present that inspire us to do the work today.
Dream Defenders have hosted a cultural education project focused on revolutionary organizations from around the world and highlight their elements of rebellion. The project includes graphic artwork, education via social media and lesson plans, which will be made available to teachers, after school programs and youth organizers.
The research for Blacked Out History: Rebellion was done by Dream Defenders organizers throughout the state of Florida, and the artwork was created by a team of Dream Defenders artists, and talented allies. In the series are organizations including; Left Roots, FRELIMO, Brown Berets, Sandinistas, Young Lords, Zapatistas, South African Student Movement, Black Panther Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
We had a team of traditional and radical educators in Dream Defenders membership come together to create a curriculum toolkit with multiple lesson plans that can be used for grades 6-11. To ensure that these lessons could make it into the classroom, we also made sure that the lessons are common core compatible. We now have a curriculum to distribute to teachers and students to give them the opportunity to learn about these rebellions and have the political analysis necessary to take on structural issues impacting their communities.
The curriculum was a labor of love crafted by: Sherika Shaw, Kiesha Moodie, Athena Guice, Shoshanna Bordes, Isaiah Thomas, Jonel Edwards, Chauntey Robinson, Steve Gilliam and Elizabeth Taveras.
We also want to give a huge shoutout to our squaDD members who took the time to show their labor of love by compiling the research that made this project possible:
- Orlando SquaDD - Left Roots
- GoDDsville SquaDD - FRELIMO
- BaDD SquaDD - Brown Berets
- FIU SquaDD - Sandinistas,
- Broward SquaDD - Young Lords
- Miami SquaDD - Zapatistas
- Trill SquaDD - South African Student Movement
- South West FL SquADD - Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine
- DD staff - Black Panther Party.
Please share this curriculum toolkit with the educators you know that will share this with the youth!
you can also view the PDF online here