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Kalief Browder: A Lesson Plan

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This workshop has been developed for educators and adults wishing to use social justice material in their teaching. It will explore the short but resonant life of Kalief Browder. Accused of a crime he did not commit, and not willing to accept a guilty plea, Browder spent three years on Rikers Island, primarily in solitary confinement, while awaiting trial. Two years after his release he committed suicide –he was 22 years old. The workshop will be facilitated by Kanene Holder.

More about the Literary Freedom Project:
Literary Freedom Project, literaryfreedom.org, is a Bronx-based 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of social and cultural identity through reading. Towards this goal, LFP publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine, develops literature-based lesson plans, and hosts the Bronx Book Fair and Mosaic Literary Conference. Much of the Literary Freedom Project's lesson plans and workshops demonstrate how African-Diasporic content can serve as a connective tool to facilitate the use of books, writing, and reading to engage students. Previous lesson plans have focused on Walter Dean Myers, Black Lives Matter, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Afrofuturism, African Diasporas, and more.

About the Instructor:
Kanene Holder is an artist, activist, and educator dedicated to systemic change through critical analysis and creativity. She taught history at Launch Charter School devising interdisciplinary lessons about the ancient origins of Intersections of Injustice (race/class/gender) fostering critical thinking to analyze current societal ills. Holder received her B.S. in Speech Pathology from Howard University, M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from City College and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Colin Powell Center for Policy Study and Bard College. She taught in public schools, for Harlem Children's Zone and Urban Arts Partnership and theater at Brooklyn Academy of Music about racial profiling. Her research on parental involvement, culturally relevant pedagogy and social justice are featured in several journals, conferences and media outlets including U.S. News and World Report and the Huffington Post. Holder also an award-winning performance artist performed at venues including Brooklyn Museum and NYU.

Curriculum designer: Eisa Nefertari Ulen is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has taught at Hunter College and The Pratt Institute. She has contributed to numerous other publications, including The Washington Post, Ms., Health, Vibe, The Source, The Crisis, Black Issues Book Review, Quarterly Black Review of Books, TheRoot.com, TheDefendersOnline.com, TheGrio.com, and CreativeNonfiction.org. Her essays on African American culture have been widely anthologized and explore topics ranging from Hip Hop, to Muslim life in America post-9/11, to contemporary Black literature, to the gap between the Civil Rights generation and Generation X. A founding member of Ringshout: A Place for Black Literature, she lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn.

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