Getting Started

Slavery by Another Name in the Community

Documentaries can be powerful tools for enhancing understanding and generating dialogue. To extend informal education and discussion about Slavery by Another Name in the community for years to come, we’ve developed a Community Viewing Guide. The guide aims to arm civic organizations, workplace-based groups, educational institutions, families and communities with ideas and questions to prompt deeper discussion of the film, the history that it covers, and the contemporary social justice and racial equity issues that it raises. This guide also offers guidelines for planning and promoting a screening, event or panel discussion. The ultimate goal is to encourage communities to come together, explore this history, uncover and share their own, and move positively into the future.


Community Viewing Guide PDF

Slavery by Another Name in the Classroom

Each unit features activity guides that are designed to provide flexibility for use in the classroom and include a variety of rich multimedia film and oral history clips.

To help you begin using the classroom materials, we have provided the following resources:


Getting Started Guide PDF


History Background PDF


Ten Tips for Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics (PDF)

Slavery by Another Name Teacher Training Resources

The Slavery by Another Name project convened teacher trainings in six cities around the country. To further the reach of the teacher trainings, we developed four short training videos that covered the digital storytelling workshop, using the curriculum, and a panel discussion with the descendants.

Building the Digital Training

We wanted our workshop to be cutting-edge, informative and directly linked to the film’s dynamic assets. While each training was unique in format based on local recommendations, in all of our visiting cities (except Birmingham), we hosted an iPod storytelling workshop. Using iPods and working in groups, teachers used pictures and music from the Slavery by Another Name film combined with original audio and video that they taped to create digital stories. Next, we uploaded the digital stories the teachers made to a private portal on The teachers enjoyed the culminating “show-and-tell” exercise, where they shared their finished slideshows. From all the trainings, teachers developed more than 35 digital stories.