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On June 19, 2020, the American Historical Association (AHA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) hosted a panel on effectively using the AHA’s Statement on the History of Racist Violence in the United States and how it can be used productively in high school history classrooms. Panelists explored the history referenced in the statement, the context of its authorship, and the opportunities the statement creates for challenging classroom conversations on historical and current events. The panelists were Reginald K. Ellis (Florida A&M Univ. and member of the AHA’s Professional Division) and Tina L. Heafner (president, NCSS), with moderator Jacqueline Jones (AHA president-elect).