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IDEC Resources: Instruction & Curriculum

Diversifying Literacy Education

Abolitionist Teaching

Abolitionist Teaching and The Future of Our Schools. Discussion with members of the Abolitionist Teaching Network staff and Brian Jones of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a part of the New York Public Library.

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus

Racial Bias

Books on Anti-Racism & Racism in Education and Decolonizing the Curriculum

The Green Book: Maine Listings & Register from USM's African American Collection

Between 1936 and 1967, the Negro Motorist Green Book was essential for the survival of thousands of black Americans in an era of segregation cemented into the American legal system through Jim Crow laws, sundown towns where African Americans were under threat of violence after sunset, and a sharp increase in lynchings and other forms of hate crimes.

Victor Green worked as a postal carrier in Hackensack, New Jersey, and lived with his family in Harlem. Allegedly, Green was frustrated with his own experiences attempting to travel the United States as an African American and heard similar stories from friends and family. In 1936, he decided to publish the first edition of the Negro Motorist Green Book, based on similar guides for Jewish travelers. The first issue of the Green Book was limited to black-owned and non-discriminatory businesses in New York City.

Source: Green Book Sites: A Historic Travel Guide to Jim Crow America National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Cummings' Guest House Register is now in USM's Special Collections. Below is a page from the register that lists visitors from Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. among other places.

Page from Cumming's Register

Source: Cummings Guest House Register, African American Collection of Maine, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.