Los Angeles, California - Choosing to Participate is a Facing History and Ourselves national initiative aimed at stimulating young people and adults to think deeply about the importance of thoughtful participation in a democracy. Choosing to Participate highlights three compelling stories in our nation's recent history. These stories are intended to deepen our understanding of democracy, challenge our thinking about the consequences of our relationships with both friends and strangers, and spark creative approaches to membership in a democracy.
Message on Racism Reverberates
Exhibit focuses on personal stories to chronicle events
By Brian R. Ballou
January 31, 2008
Wide-eyed and pensive, five Fenway High School juniors sat in a dark projection room yesterday at the Boston Public Library and listened to a schoolgirl's recorded account about how she faced racism on her way to a new school in Little Rock, Ark., half a century ago. A picture of the schoolgirl beamed on-screen. She wore a white dress and sunglasses and clutched her books as an enraged crowd surrounded her.
Listen to WBUR's coverage of Facing History's exhibition, Choosing to Participate, on view from January 30th to May 20th 2008 at the Boston Public Library.