The Blue Eyes & Brown Eyes Exercise

Jane Elliott is an internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. One of her most common works is “The Blue Eyes & Brown Eyes Exercise” made in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. It seeks to create wider discussions on race relations within a classroom. It has been said that “Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott’s work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.” The exercise demonstrates the uncomfortable and self-revealing conversations that need to occur when examining institutional racism and white privilege, in order to truly be able to confront it.