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.
A Memphis Student Leader Using His Voice for Others
Brendan Ward, a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of Facing History and Ourselves Student Leadership Group, addresses the hundreds of educators, students, and community members at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner. Hear how he discovered, through his time with the diverse cadre of students in the Leadership Group, that he was not alone in his struggles of being “different." “There, I learned how to use my voice for myself and others."
Reflections from the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner
More than 600 students, educators, alumni, supporters, and community leaders gathered at the 18th annual Facing History and Ourselves Memphis benefit dinner Sunday evening to celebrate Facing History’s future and to honor our Memphis office’s Founding Director Rachel Shankman, who retired earlier this year.
“One of the most powerful things about the Facing History program in Memphis is the ability Facing History has to convene people from across the community—across what could be boundaries of race, class, geography, religion, and age,” Marti Tippens Murphy, current Facing History Memphis Director, told the crowd gathered at the Hilton Hotel. “That power to convene and make connections throughout the neighborhoods, churches, synagogues, mosques, and schools in Memphis is one of our founding director Rachel Shankman’s most important legacies.”
Memphis Director Featured in The Commercial Appeal
"The Commercial Appeal has featured a guest column, "Learning to Have the Difficult Conversations," from Marti Tippens Murphy, director of the Memphis office on how educators can bring difficult conversations into the classroom in light of events such as the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
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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Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History student leadership group. Addressing hundreds at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group.
Margot Stern Strom addresses educators, students, and community members in Memphis
Memphis alumni recount how insights learned with Facing History have impacted their lives
Jayanni W., a Facing History alumna, reflects on the importance of Facing History.