Photo by Foluke Nunn
On Saturday, May 7, the King Institute hosted teachers from around the Bay Area for the Liberation Curriculum workshop "Looking Back and Looking Forward - Making Our Students Global Citizens." Facilitated by Risha Krishna, the Institute’s Curriculum Support Specialist, the workshop demonstrated how King connected to people and movements around the world and provided educators with an opportunity to work with prized primary source materials. All participants received teaching materials, as well as the chance to dialogue with Dr. Clayborne Carson.
Foluke Nunn, a current Stanford student, introduced teachers to the primary source materials. The documents related to one or more of five themes and topics: poverty and inequality, war, racial issues, the environment, and gender. Educators had the chance to choose documents based on each of the five themes and topics and design a lesson plan based on the source. Among the sources, educators looked at Dr. King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize lecture and the 1977 Combahee River Collective statement. Krishna and Nunn stressed the global dimension of King’s work. For instance, Dr. King explained in his Nobel Lecture that “what is happening in the United States today is a relatively small part of a world development.” He thereby connected the African-American struggle for freedom to liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, and all over the world.
During the workshop, Cole Manley, Research Assistant, led educators through a tour of the King Institute's new online course, "American Prophet."
This marked the second “Looking Back and Looking Forward” workshop. The first workshop, held in late January, attracted around 30 educators. A similar number attended the May 7 workshop.
In an email to the facilitators a few days after the workshop, Jessica Magallanes, a teacher at Sequoia High School, shared the benefits of her experience by writing, "I have modified one of the activities you shared with us for my IB Environmental Systems course as a final review activity (Action Letter to the appropriate school or governmental official) and they are turning out great! One student is even writing to the mayor of Mexico City to address urban air pollution. Thanks for inspiring me to help create global citizens!"
Additional workshops will be held in the future, and the next is tentatively scheduled for October 2016.