Defenders of Human Rights and Democracy in Your Community

The AFT has partnered with RFK Human Rights to create new resources for classroom teachers  on how to bring social justice, racial equity and democratic participation into the classroom. This new project, Defenders of Human Rights and Democracy in Your Community, provides classroom teachers with five new lessons that connect students with both historic and contemporary figures who have fought for civil rights, democracy and racial justice. Featured human rights defenders include Fannie Lou Hamer, Benjamin Hooks, and Dolores Huerta. These new lesson plans show students how to use political advocacy in their own communities to highlight their rights and their place in our democracy. As a result, students will more easily build the bridge between the past and what is going on in their communities today. The project makes civic activism a reality for today’s students and less removed from history.

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