In the days before his death Civil Rights activist John Lewis wrote, "Democracy is not a state. It is an act." To enhance our democracy, citizens must be able to work collaboratively to create lasting change. Dialogue is central to the process and can be transformative. K-12 students across the country have the power to shape America into the just democracy we all desire and deserve. We support K-12 students' advocacy of democratic principles that will move us closer to the pluralistic Beloved Community envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman Lewis, and others: "a nation and world at peace with itself."

"Democracy is not a state. It is an act."
John Lewis

Click on the topics below to access professional development resources on race and teaching, profiles of resistances, and ready-to-use lesson plans and units. 

Teacher equity

Teacher Toolkit


Rosa Parks

Profiles of Resistance

Teacher with students

Lesson Plans