James Baldwin's Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil (2017)

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February 12, 2023 - 3:41pm

Critical Commentary

Clint Smith is inspired by James Baldwin's 'A Talk to Teachers' (1963) to become political in his high school English classroom in the aftermath of the Charlottesville shooting in 2017. The incident provoked the Twitter hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum to spark classroom conversations about hatred, white supremacy, and the history of slavery. 

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Clint Smith, "James Baldwin's Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil (2017)", contributed by Prerna Srigyan, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 12 February 2023, accessed 1 March 2024. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/james-baldwins-lesson-teachers-time-turmoil-2017