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Marianne Dhenin

29 June 2021

United States

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In 1965 a traveling salesman published a series of travel guides with gay or gay-friendly businesses across the U.S. that became survival guides for the LGBTQ community. “Mapping the Gay Guides” has digitized those co...

Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

31 May 2021

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, in which a white mob killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed the thriving neighborhood of Greenwood, the Centennial Commission supported a number of i...

National Geographic

Erin Blakemore

27 April 2021

United States

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In the 1950s, the National Institute for Infantile Paralysis launched a nationwide public health campaign to encourage teenagers to receive the polio vaccine. Tactics included interviewing and recruiting teenagers to ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

12 April 2021

South Africa

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WikiAfrica Education increases information about Africa’s diverse languages, cultures, and politics from the voices and perspectives of African people. AfroCuration events enlist the help of young people to create and...

Sapiens

Elizabeth Svoboda

7 April 2021

Sierra Leone

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When the rise of Ebola in West Africa strict protocols when handling those who were dying or had died from the disease, public health officials began working with anthropologists and other social scientists to increas...

OU Daily

Jillian Taylor

7 April 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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It took almost 100 years to expand education curriculum in Oklahoma to make significantly expand teaching about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Although the social studies standards in Oklahoma are updated every six ...

The Reader

Leah Cates

8 March 2021

Nebraska, United States

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Students and educators in Nebraska are driving the change to change history curriculum to reflect history that places more emphasis on the narratives on indigenous and marginalized peoples. Students are emphasizing of...

100 Days in Appalachia

Kristen Uppercue

9 February 2021

Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Fayette County Traveling Museum collects, preserves, and shares Uniontown’s Black history. The owners sift through archives, libraries, and donated boxes of materials, which are displayed as educational resources....

Vox

Kelsey Piper

5 February 2021

United States

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The eradication of smallpox offers lessons and insight for health officials and governments focused on containing the novel coronavirus and avoiding future pandemics. Although COVID-19 presents unique challenges – suc...

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Zeb Larson

4 February 2021

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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The Mahoning Valley Historical Society reached a broader local audience "by asking tough questions and reshaping itself for the 21st century," bucking the traditional historical-society model of focusing only on white...

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Lyndsay Knecht

27 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When the Public Iconographies project asked people in St. Louis "how would you map the monuments of St. Louis?", it got 750 hand-drawn maps telling stories of often-overlooked sites throughout the city. By letting peo...

Associated Press

Christine Fernando

21 January 2021

United States

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots commun...

Christian Science Monitor

Lindsey McGinnis

Noah Robertson

15 January 2021

United States

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In an effort to combat racial injustice, former plantations are shifting the narrative typically given on tours to focus on the lives of the enslaved who once lived there instead of enslavers who owned the plantations...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Becky Perlow

Kenneth Moton

12 January 2021

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

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In an effort to help get accurate information to the communities who are being disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, a program called Live Chair Health has started to train barbers "on chronic issue...

The New Yorker

Jay Caspian Kang

4 January 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay Area has had fewer COVID-19 deaths than would be expected for such a densely populated area, largely by "drawing on resources and expertise that predated the coronavirus pandemic." Unlike other l...

The New York Times

John Florio

Ouisie Shapiro

18 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When a smallpox outbreak was deemed to be a likelihood in New York City in 1947, the city’s health commissioner rapidly launched a vaccination campaign that leveraged internal collaboration, consistent and transparent...

Christian Science Monitor

Noah Robertson

2 December 2020

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue has become an example of American protest art as protesters have covered it in graffiti demanding racial justice and surrounded it with basketball hoops, gardens, tents, lawn chairs, an...

Los Angeles Times

Emily Baumgaertner

23 October 2020

Dirty Box Junction, Sierra Leone

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When news of COVID-19 arrived in the West African Village of Dirty Box Junction, community members and local government were ready to act due to lessons learned from mistakes made during the Ebola outbreak of years ea...

Education Next

Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

PBS

Sarah Weiser

21 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the 1960s, a psychologist and a team of researchers in San Francisco began sending “caring letters" as a means of suicide intervention, but the practice didn't continue outside of the research study, despite showin...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

2 October 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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This article explores a myriad of ways on how to change anti-Semitic stereotypes and beliefs about Jewish people. Anti-bias training,integratingg holocaust education into the classroom, and holding difficult conversat...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

22 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advo...

The Boston Globe

Deanna Pan

21 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers across Massachusetts are finding ways to incorporate antiracist practices into their curriculum. An English teacher at Newton High School is replacing required reading materials produced by white male authors...

NPR

Emma Talkoff

Emily Alfin Johnson

11 September 2020

United States

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Students taking AP U.S. History at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, may have been limited in their ability to attend in-person classes, but their teacher decided to supplement their lessons by taking on a 15-day...

NPR

Fran Kritz

2 September 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...

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