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Freedom to Learn & Teach Truth Day of Action

Join us on June 8, 2024, to ensure all students can learn, grow, and thrive — no exceptions.
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Published: April 19, 2024

Event Overview

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024




  • Online and local events


  • Racial & Social Justice

Join us for the Teach Truth Day of Action on June 8.

Some politicians are trying to censor the lessons taught in our classrooms, ban books, and exclude certain kids based on what they look like or where they live. They’re trying to divide and distract us from their failures to provide all of our kids everything they need to learn, grow, and thrive. But together we can make our voices loud and clear to protect the freedom to learn & teach truth. 

We are moving forward to a better future where every student—whether Black, brown, or white, Native or newcomer, LGBTQ+ or differently abled—has the #freedomtolearn.

On June 8, educators, students, parents, and community members are rejecting these attempts at division and uniting to protect the freedom to learn and teach truth.

Plan a Teach Truth Day Event

From five people at your local library to a rally in your town square, no event is too big or too small.

  • Select a public site. Host an information table at a public site (like a library, bookstore, museum, festival, or farmers market) or organize a gathering at a historic site.
  • Plan your activity. Bring your community together around the freedom to learn, whether it’s a history walking tour, book exchange, rally, or phone bank.
  • Amplify Your Action. Post photos and videos to social media with the hashtag #TeachTruth and #FreedomtoLearn.

Host an event and receive a Teach Truth pop-up installation box with banned books and other resources.

Sign up to Create Your Own Event

Attend a Teach Truth Day Event

Teach Truth Day of Action events are popping up across the country! Use the interactive map below to find an event near you!

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You can also support the Week of Action on social media! Join the conversation with #FreedomtoLearn and/or #TeachTruth.

More Teach Truth Day of Action Resources

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Explore, download, and Share Freedom to Learn art

Art has the power to evoke emotion and deepen the impact of the movement. Explore art from NEA to use in your activism.
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Zinn Education Project’s Event Support

Once again, we invite educators, students, parents, and community members to host an information table or event to defend the right to #TeachTruth and defend LGBTQ+ rights.
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NEA’s Freedom to Learn Action Toolkit

All children deserve well-trained and supported educators and curriculum to help them reckon with our past and shape our future. Together, we can make that happen.

Join the community of activists committed to advancing social and racial justice in public education

Ensuring opportunity for ALL students to succeed – regardless of ZIP code – is going to take all of us doing our part.
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Classroom Resources to Support the Freedom to Read

Find resources to highlight why it is important to give students choice in what they read, what you can do to support and protect their right to choose books from all viewpoints, and how you can help them access relatable, enjoyable reading materials.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.