Women’s History and the Zinn Education Project

Lucy Parsons
Lucy Parsons via ZEP

How did the 8-hour work day come about? Do local students know about Lucy Parsons and the first May Day (in 1886)? Do you? Women played important roles in labor history, but their perspectives are sometimes overlooked. In honor of women’s history month, the Zinn Education Project (ZEP) has just released new resources on this topic. Veteran teacher and ZEP staff member, Julian Hipkins, III, joined the Education Town Hall to talk about the new materials and ZEP’s dedication to promoting a more accurate and complex understanding of United States history, inspired by Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

Here also is the “Teaching about Selma” materials mentioned in our conversation.

NOTE: The Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets is closing this spring. For those who are local to DC, visit the store at 14th & V NW for 25% off current stock. The TFC webstore remains for anyone with internet access. Meanwhile, the Zinn Education Project and the active work of Teaching for Change continues.

Track 3 below —

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays
at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on We Act Radio.
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Julian Hipkins III, Zinn Education Project

Julian Hipkins III, photo: Rick Reinhard.
Julian Hipkins III, photo: Rick Reinhard.

Award-winning high school teacher Julian Hipkins III serves Teaching for Change (TFC) and the Zinn Education Project as Curriculum Specialist and the Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Initiative for Mississippi Project Director.

Prior to joining TFC, Hipkins taught for 15 years, eight years teaching English in Japan and seven years teaching history at the Capital City Public Charter School where he served as a Critical Friends Group facilitator, coach of the Debate Team, National History Day coordinator, and a member of the high school Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). He earned his BA in History from Morehouse College and his MA in Teaching from American University.

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