Further Reading & Related Resources

Street Spirit is a publication of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)  that reports extensively on homelessness, poverty, economic inequality, welfare issues, human rights issues and the struggle for social justice. Street Spirit and its Editor, Terry Messman, have dedicated a lot of time and energy to covering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his vision for economic and social justice, and how they intertwine with race, militarism, poverty, and nonviolent activism. The following links will take you to selected Street Spirit articles that highlight Dr. King’s legacy and the ongoing work of his collaborators, including Vincent Harding, who wrote the first draft of Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam speech.

Vincent Harding and the Legacy of the Southern Freedom Movement (5/4/13)

The Street Spirit Interview with Vincent Harding (5/4/13)

Keeper of the Dream: Bernard Lafayette Carries on the Living Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement (6/7/13)

The Street Spirit Interview with Bernard Lafayette (6/7/13)



Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology.  Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. Youth Radio teens and teachers sat down together to come up with a lesson plan for how educators can facilitate a productive conversation about race, police and violence, grounded in a collection of stories created by Youth Radio’s reporters and commentators: 

DIY Toolkit: How Teens Want You To Teach #BlackLivesMatter (12/22/14)



In the wake of a delayed school year in Ferguson, Missouri, Assistant Professor of History Marcia Chatelain started the #FergusonSyllabus Twitter campaign as a way for educators to share ideas on how to talk about Ferguson in their classrooms. “I wanted to help other professors find a way to talk about this tragedy in the context of how it would affect our students’ first day of school,” Chatelain explained. With books and articles for every age, the crowdsourced syllabus addresses race, policing, African American history, and civil rights in the United States. Below are links to an interview with Professor Chatelain and an article she wrote in The Atlantic detailing the #FergusonSyllabus.

How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson: A crowdsourced syllabus about race, African American history, civil rights, and policing. (8/25/14)

The #Ferguson Syllabus (8/27/14)