ATLANTE – An Atlanta educator is receiving accolades for a Minecraft game she created after the death of George Floyd.
Felisa Ford says the game is played all over the world.
After the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, Minecraft and APS educator Felisa Ford wanted to do something to lift the spirits and experiences of Americans. But they realized they wanted to go beyond Black Lives Matter. The result is a very popular game called “Good Trouble” which is spreading all over the world.
Year four students at Deerwood Academy Summer School weren’t alive when Congressman John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge or when Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid in South Africa. South. But now they can learn more about a historic event like this through a Minecraft game made by Ford.
“They contacted me to see if I could create content around the Black Lives Matter movement and of course still reeling from the trauma of George Floyd and wanting to bring justice to him. We knew we wanted it to be much more than the Black Lives Matter movement,” Ford said.
The APS educator consulted with two other colleagues over many months to create the game. She says Congressman Lewis died during the planning stages and the title became apparent.
“While we were planning, we thought we were in good trouble because that’s what Congressman Lewis wanted us to do, get in good trouble,” Ford recalled.
The game features international freedom fighters like Mulala in Pakistan among others. Millions of people have downloaded it. “Time Magazine” even selected Ford as one of its 10 Most Innovative Educators in 2022 and the students are totally engaged.
“I love that it’s about social studies and all the good people who have done good things for black people to have equal rights,” student Taylor McLeod remarked.
“I’ve been around the world and learned a lot more than I knew. It’s really fun,” student Harmoney Long said with a smile.
In May 2021, Minecraft determined that the game had been downloaded 3.5 million times. Making it the most popular game in Minecraft history.