Teachers Reach Out for Help to Get Books by Black Authors in Classroom


While watching the protests across the country after the death of George Floyd, one teacher wanted to take this opportunity to educate her classroom.

Rosanna Orta, a high school English teacher in Arizona, told Good Morning America that there is so much work to do in our nation regarding racism and diversity. The teacher mentioned she is paying attention to the calls for change after Floyd, a black man, was pinned down by a white officer.

"When I get overwhelmed, I go back to my space, and that's 35 kids in a room who want to talk about anything," Orta said.

Orta logged onto DonorsChoose, a nonprofit website that allows anyone to donate projects posted by teachers. On that platform, the teacher asked for donations of books written by black authors, featuring black characters, and telling stories about people of color.

"By making their stories come alive in the classroom, all students have the opportunity to see the contribution that all people make to the American narrative," Orta said.

In posting to the donate page, the teacher had met her goal in less than 48 hours. In the fall, she will have more than three dozen new books in her classroom.

Orta said she wants to have conversations about people of color in her classroom.

Jessie Stanley, a middle school English teacher, also wanted to make her classroom more diverse across the country.

"I love the books that I teach, it's a lot of great classics, but it's not a very diverse selection," Stanley said.

She also asked for books that tell the stories of multicultural families and black young people.

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