19th Annual Memphis Benefit Dinner Presenter: Bryan Stevenson!
Stevenson is a MacArthur fellow, author of Just Mercy and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL. He is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration in the United States. He was recently appointed to President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and selected for the Time 100, which spotlights a hundred of the most influential people in the world in 2015. Just Mercy was recently awarded the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction. Get inspired by his 2012 TED Talk, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice.”
Reflecting on the Rachel Shankman Symposium
On March 26, 2015, the Memphis office hosted the inaugural Rachel Shankman Symposium. Created in recognition of our founding Memphis director, this year's symposium celebrated the Facing History and Ourselves Elective course, and the commitment and creativity of those who teach it. Nearly 100 Facing History educators, students, and board members, joined us to engage with new scholarship, find inspiration, and connect with the larger Facing History community.
Raising Ethical Children: Discussing the Film "Selma" with Young People
The movie Selma brings to life the important civil rights era moment of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. For young people, who didn’t experience the march firsthand, the film provides a wonderful opportunity to explore what happened and how the historical moment still resonates today.
Our “Raising Ethical Children: Questions and Ideas for Discussing Selma" guiding document can help facilitate that conversation by providing historical context and questions for discussion that encourage young people to wrestle with issues of identity, inclusion and exclusion, respect for differences, and the value of participation.
Facing History and Ourselves is actively used in history, literature, interdisciplinary, government and specially designed Facing History electives in schools all over Tennessee. In addition to being incorporated into K-12 schools, Facing History is also taught in colleges and universities. Our program associates work with educators to help them use these materials in the most appropriate ways.
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A Mission to Empower Students: "Wire" Actress Sonja Sohn on Urban Education
Actress and activist Sonja Sohn speaks at Engaging Education: Rethinking Learning, Teaching, and Achievement in Urban Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, in November 2012. In this excerpt from her remarks, Sohn explains how she needed to face her own personal history before she was able to grow, find her purpose in life, and give something positive back to the world.
Brendan Ward: A Student Leader Using His Voice for Others
Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History and Ourselves student leadership group, which draws students from all over Shelby county. Addressing hundreds of educators, students, and community members at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group of diverse students and discovered that he was not along in his struggles of being “different." “There, I learned how to use my voice for myself and others,” he said.
Teaching is Learning: Virtual Message from Margot Stern Strom, Memphis 2012 Benefit Dinner
Facing History and Ourselves’ Klarman Family Executive Director Margot Stern Strom addresses educators, students, and community members in Memphis, Tennessee, during the Memphis Dinner. “We are, in fact, taught by our students and we are grateful for the teachers,” said Strom. “We know that no schooling can happen without the community.”