This EdTech newsletter will focus on topics and people not normally covered during Black History Month. One of the greatest things abut using technology in class is that it enables us to view many different perspectives, through highlighting stories we may not have heard of or through giving us easy access to primary source material. Below you'll find videos, articles and audio stories, to enable you explore different perspectives this February.
"30 years ago 2 remarkable mass movements transported this community to the modern State of Israel and now the festival has once again become recognised, much like the Ethiopian Jews themselves, as an authentic part of the wider Jewish tradition. This year as Sigd approaches we explore how this community came to arrive in the state of Israel. It is an incredible story of espionage, heroism and unyielding faith that led to tens of thousands of people leaving their homes and risking their lives. We join both those who were instrumental in the operations themselves and members of the Ethiopian Jewish community to explore how these so-called miraculous events happened and what they mean today."
“The tongue is more deadly than the pen and the sword”
"So far in the series we’ve heard from a Palestinian activist and an orthodox Jew, but there’s more to this thin strip of land than Jews and Arabs. In episode 3 Mike travels to the desert town of Dimona where a group of African-American Israelis, that sometimes refer to themselves as Black Hebrews, could have their first breakout rap star in Ben Blackwell. Of all the artists he’s met so far none have an anthem that goes in as much as Blackwell’s “Israel We Go Hard”."
"In which John Green teaches you about Sub-Saharan Africa! So, what exactly was going on there? It turns out, it was a lot of trade, converting to Islam, visits from Ibn Battuta, trade, beautiful women, trade, some impressive architecture, and several empires. John not only cover the the West African Malian Empire, which is the one Mansa Musa ruled, but he discusses the Ghana Empire, and even gets over to East Africa as well to discuss the trade-based city-states of Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Zanzibar. In addition to all this, John considers emigrating to Canada."
In honor of the start of Black History Month, here are 8 queer African-Americans that have paved the way for so many people.
"Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa the "Vhakegula Vhakegula"—or the village grannies—lace up their soccer shoes and kick their way through centuries of taboos. These women are serious about the game of soccer as well as the bond of community through laughter and song. They are waging a singular fight for a decent life, true health, and the opportunity to live joy amidst a brutal world."
A series of podcasts including; Afro-Latindad: Who Gets to Claim It?, One Of The Fathers Of Black History Was Afro-Puerto Rican and When Being Black and Latino Collide in Congress.
"The Hadzabe of Tanzania in East Africa are one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. Their numbers are now fewer than 1,500 and are threatened due to encroachment of neighboring pastoralists and agriculturalists as well as a misunderstanding and discrimination by the outside world. Genetic testing indicates they may represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree, more than 100,000 years old." Learn more about them in this photo story.
"Passionfruit, directed by Rob Ryan of Deuce Films, Starring George the Poet. I was one of the cinematographers for the film, shot at Notting Hill Carnival 2012." This is a short film made by a friend of mine, Tara Manandhar.
"A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond."
What Afro-Latinos Want You To Know! Time to talk about micro-aggressions like: "Arregla la raza."
"Robinson started her career in Civil Rights in the 1930s as a voting rights activist. On March 7, 1965, she tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, along with hundreds of others protesting for equal rights for African-Americans. In 2010, she sat down Genise Kemp Brown to tell her the story of the march – which started off at a church."
Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? "She was one of the icons of the gay rights movement in the 1960s, the self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto, and founded the Transvestites Action Revolutionaries with fellow luminary Sylvia Rivera. When Johnson's body was found in the Hudson River in 1992, police called it a suicide and didn't investigate. In David France's new documentary, trans activist Victoria Cruz seeks to uncover the truth of her death while celebrating her legacy." Full film is available on Netflix.
Interracial Couples that changed history. "Join PBS Black Culture Connection, PBS Learning Media and Listverse as we revisit groundbreaking relationships, cases and rulings that have made a mark on history!"
"Over thirty years ago, Len Garrison, co-founder of Black Cultural Archives, asked the question “Where are our Heroes, Martyrs and Monuments?”" Collections from the UK's Black Cultural Archives. Including the Black Women's Movement, Black British Dance, Black Georgians and more.
More wonders from the Google Cultural Institute! "Discover thousands of artworks, artifacts and stories from cultural organizations across the United States."
"Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in 2016, when she became the first member of the U.S. Olympic team to compete in hijab. Now she's making history again by teaming up with Mattel to create a Barbie designed after her. But this is more than a special-edition doll: It's the first-ever Barbie to wear a hijab, which makes it a crucial win for inclusivity and representation..."
- Uncivil - Telling the stories of the civil war left out of the official history
- Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' - Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace, democracy, and economic equality, including being one of the primary planners of the 1963 March on Washington
- The Amazons of Dahomey - The kingdom of Dahomey may have had the world's first full-time, all-female combat fighting force. How did these women rise to become some of history's fiercest warriors, and what happened to them?
- African Art History With Carol Thompson - Holly is joined in the studio by Carol Thompson, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art. Carol shares her incredible knowledge, stories from her personal life and the importance of studying Africa's rich art tradition
- Thomas Morris Chester - Chester was the first African American war correspondent working for a major daily paper, covering the U.S. Civil War. He also had a troubled relationship with the colonization movement, and spent years striving for equal rights for African Americans
- 'Master Harold … and the Boys' by Fugard - South African playwright Athol Fugard talks about his firsthand experience of apartheid
- A Letter from Phillis Wheatley - a podcast about Phillis Wheatley was the first black poet in the United States
- Boston Historic Building Has A Story To Tell - Many old buildings have stories to tell. One building in downtown Boston, 26 Court Street, played an important role in Boston’s fight to help end slavery.
- Color in Children’s Literature - Many of the characters in books written for children don’t reflect everyone’s background. One girl became frustrated when she couldn’t connect to the characters...
- First African Woman To Win Peace Prize - In this audio story, environmentalist and human rights activist Wangari Maathai, is remembered.
- Haitian Revolution for Freedom Led by Former Slave - In 1791, in what is now known as Haiti, Toussaint Louverture led a revolt against slavery that led to independence from France...
- James Baldwin: Writings on Race, Class and Civil Rights - James Baldwin’s legacy and words are still very much alive and relevant today...
- Motivation for Writing 'A Raisin in the Sun' - The play "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, reveals the struggles black families faced as they attempted to achieve the American dream in the 1950s...
- Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe - Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published the novel "Things Fall Apart" in 1958. His story of a Nigerian man whose village and culture are overtaken by British colonial forces in the 1890s sold millions of copies and was translated into 50 languages...
- Lost Boys of Sudan - The civil war in South Sudan drove thousands of people from their homes. Many of them were children who were separated from their families.
- W. Kamau Bell - Hosts several podcasts that focus on politics and race in America
- StoryCorps - Find a range of stories on StoryCorp - OR download the app and record your own!