Political Posters by Shepard Fairey and Others Are Coming to 20,000 US Classrooms

At some point this fall, social studies teachers in more than 20,000 middle school and high school classrooms around the country will ask students not to open their textbooks to this or that page but to look at a series of posters tacked up on the wall. And these 10 portraits won’t be of founding fathers or victorious generals either. In fact, textbooks don’t mention these figures at all; they’re too young and too new to have been rolled into most lesson plans (yet). The oldest of them is only 29, and one is as young as 13. Each are youth activists currently working in some capacity on issues of social justice—campaigning for women’s rights, the LBGTQ population, gun control, immigration, the environment, voting rights and ending mass incarceration.

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