What to do during #EducatorBlackOut

Our NEA president Lily Eskelsen García recently shared a blog post discussing educators and our reactions to the recent protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

As we show solidarity with our students, educators, and other people of color, wearing black is just a visible sign that we stand together. While this visible show can make us feel like we are doing something, it is important to put action behind the sentiment. Donating to causes and learning about racial equity in America are important aspects of being an ally.

Below are links for donations and petitions:

The Louisville Community Bail Fund exists to not only bail out folks, but provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety.


Louisville Scoop will donate all funds to families and Black-Owned businesses in need. Louisville Scoop will deliver groceries, pay for rent, utilities, and mortgages for families.


[Additional donation links could be added as they become available]

In addition to donating, here are books to read. Dealing with our own implicit biases is hard, but important as we work together to create a reality where our students can live and thrive without fear, inequity, and bigotry.

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina L. Love

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise

How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R Banaji

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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