The first film solely dedicated to Harriet Tubman's story premiered this month. Many of our Fellows have designed classroom experiences that tell the story of Tubman and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in fascinating ways.
The Underground Railroad - Two Approaches to the Journey
In a multi-school effort, Fellows Tawanna Cheri, Brooke Wilson, Destiny Parker, and Kelly Caldwell (Houston, TX) spent their fellowship on a stretch of the Underground Railroad from Detroit to Canada. This sojourn to facilitate authentic, interactive Social Studies and Language Arts experiences followed the North Star to Freedom. These teachers then created a version of the Underground Railroad at their schools, so students could imagine a bit of what "Conductors" and "Passengers" experienced. Read here how they worked with the local Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to make their annual Freedom Nights meaningful for the entire community.
In her fellowship, Melissa Minkin (Los Angeles, CA) followed the northern trail of the Underground Railroad from Ohio to Canada, mirroring the journey of characters in the novel North by Night. She wanted to better understand the role that northern urban centers played along the “Railroad" and deepen students’ learning in English and US History classes. Read about her stops along the way here and download her lesson plans with additional resources here.