Stronger Than Hate: Help Make Black Voices Heard
As an organization that promotes empathy, understanding, and respect, USC Shoah Foundation stands with the Black community and its allies to advocate for change in the face of racism and identity-based hate.
IWitness empowers educators to help students comprehend the racism and injustices of the present by studying the racism and injustices of the past. Now, and always, Black voices must be heard in the classroom. Through IWitness testimony and activities, they are.
To support students as they find their own roles in the vital pursuit of justice, we held a series of Mindful Exploration student webinars focused on justice. Recordings of these webinars are available on-demand.
Explore below for more content recommendations that can reach students across the curriculum. Information about registering for an IWitness account and assigning activities to students can be found here.
Visit the Watch Page to explore curated clips of testimony that discuss racism in America.
Listen to Paul Parks, a Black American liberator who stood up for justice in World War II and then beside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement, who says of his service in the war, "I'm fighting for the right to fight when I get back home."
Through examples of how individuals have confronted racism using peaceful means, students reflect on peaceful protest in the face of racism.
Reflecting on the lyrics of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" and on the testimonies of survivors, students draw connections between the social issues of the mid-20th Century and those of today.
Through testimony from Black liberator Floyd Dade, who discusses the segregation of Black American soldiers during World War II, students reflect on using their voices against injustice.
Students learn about two soldiers who helped liberate Jews during the Holocaust and who speak of the racism they endured in the United States before and after World War II.
Students explore the racism of the Jim Crow South through the testimonies of Holocaust survivors who resettled in the United States.