As an educator of college students during the “Age of 45,” I experience unique challenges and opportunities for expanding my approach to teaching, or my “pedagogy.” In particular, I have found it important to approach my teaching through a dual lens of love & justice. But what does that mean? In this lecture, I will reflect on a course I taught called “#BlackLivesMatter and Beyond” at a predominately white institution (PWI) in the spring of 2018. The course placed the #BlackLivesMatter movement within the context of broader black and African American social movements from the 19th and 20th centuries into the early 21st century. Pulling on knowledge that I gained while teaching the course, I will share what I believe are the 3 most important things you need to know in order to understand the contemporary political and cultural struggle for black life that was, in large part, inspired by a Twitter hashtag. We’ll discuss some of the nuances involved in teaching what, for some, is a fundamental and obvious truth: the black life in America is systemically undervalued. Finally, I’ll share with you tips for educating yourself and the people around you about various struggles for black life in a way that doesn’t retreat from the hard, difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations that must happen if we’re to attain real justice for black folk.