Dear Discovering Justice Community,
For twenty years, Discovering justice has worked with lawyers, judges, teachers, and parents in civic education to teach thousands of students and others about the workings and dispositions of the American justice system.
It is abundantly clear to all of us that this justice system does not work for everyone.
We recognize the disturbing realities of the nation’s unjust policies, police brutality, and a legal system that has embraced draconian mandatory minimum and lengthy prison sentences for non-violent offenses, resulting in imprisoning Black people at a rate five times greater than whites.
We recognize that Black people carry a grossly disproportionate burden of this flawed system. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have only made it more painful, and have highlighted for the world that systemic racism, brutality and social injustice persists in our nation and neighborhoods.
We need a justice system that provides fairness and dignity for all.
We all need to do better. Discovering Justice is upgrading and adding to its civic education programs to do a better job at exploring the values and concepts of justice and how it plays out under the Constitution. We are working with our partners to make sure our programs help students identify and highlight where the system needs attention and improvement. And we are developing opportunities to better engage students to use their voice and be powerful advocates for change.
We applaud the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have brought their frustration and voices to the streets demanding that our political leaders take action to address these systemic problems that have plagued our country for hundreds of years. Our nation was founded, and continues to better itself, catalyzed by those who speak up for change and work to hold their government and their leaders accountable.
We must have faith in and invest in our youth. New leadership and the passionate and talented staff at Discovering Justice are dedicated to doubling down on our work to provide students with the skills and opportunities to develop into future leaders.
Thank you for your continued support of our work. Consider exploring our programs, if you or your children are interested in engaging in discussion about the law and justice. Also take a look at these educational resources curated by our Program Director to help support learning and to facilitate conversations around race and inequality in America.
The Board of Trustees and Staff of Discovering Justice
Books For Students
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
- A Children’s Booklist for Anti-racist Activism
- Race Cars: A children’s book about white privilege
- BLM Instructional Library (online read alouds)
- NYTimes Anti-Racism Booklist for kids 0-12+
Books by Black authors to for Adults:
- How to be an Antiracist, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
- Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
- This Book is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell *a YA book
- Nobody: Casualties of American’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont Hill
- The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
- See more books here at “This Book List in Anti-Racist”
Specifically for Educators:
- We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, Bettina L. Love
*Please consider purchasing these titles and others from Frugal Bookstore, a Black-owned community bookstore in Boston that DJ tries to support whenever possible.
- Tens Steps to Non-Optical Allyship
- 11 Things To Do Besides Say ‘ This Has To Stop’ In The Wake of Police Brutality
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion”
- When They See Us
- The Racial Wealth Gap, Explained
- The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson
- Teach Us All
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