Though hired to lead a contemporary issues class at a Tennessee high school, Matthew Hawn was summarily fired for attempting to teach truth surrounding one of this nation’s most insidious problems: racism and its effects on the world around us.

Hawn participated in a NCYL LIVE panel discussion Teaching Truth About Racism: What Students Need, What’s Happening, What We Can Do, presented in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

Click HERE to watch the full discussion.