The McCormick Foundation has awarded more than $5.8 million in grants to organizations across the country to reinforce the importance of news literacy and journalism education. As part of this initiative, Facing History and Ourselves received a two-year, $150,000 grant in partnership with the Chicago-based News Literacy Project to teach students about the choices journalists make when reporting news stories, and the consequences of these choices.
Morning Shift, a program on Chicago public radio station WBEZ, hosted Facing History and Ourselves’ Steven Becton, Associate Program Director for Urban Education, to discuss how teachers can engage students in conversations about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Listen to the interview here.
DePaul University’s College of Education graduates are bringing Facing History and Ourselves themes, strategies, and resources to their classrooms.
“The wonderful and powerful materials from DePaul and Facing History really allowed me to capture the students’ attention and interest right from the start,” said Howard Stanley, a seventh-grade teacher at Chicago’s St. Matthias School, who participated in the DePaul Facing History 2013 Summer Institute.
The Colin Higgins Foundation announced the winners of its 14th Annual Youth Courage Award. Winners included Jacques Agbobly of Chicago, who is a former Facing History and Ourselves student.
Originally from Togo, Jacques was featured as an “Upstander” in Facing History’s national Choosing to Participate exhibit as an 8th-grade student for his work to de-stigmatize the LGBTQ identity among his middle school peers. He also spoke at Facing History's 2012 Chicago Benefit Dinner.
The Chicago Sun-Times has featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon in their blog, Voices, ahead of his appearance at Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations, created in partnership with The Allstate Foundation.
Blackmon is the author of Slavery by Another Name: The Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, which delivers a searing examination of the enslavement of African Americans and its legacy, which persisted deep into the 20th century.
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Chicago Business Journal has featured John Amaechi OBE ahead of Facing History and Ourselves’ 23rd Annual Chicago Benefit Dinner on Monday, April 21, 2014. Amaechi is a human rights advocate, psychologist, and New York Times best-selling author. At the dinner, he will address more than 750 civic and corporate leaders, teachers, and students on issues of identity and inclusion.
The following remarks were given by co-founder and President of Loop Capital Markets Albert R. Grace, Jr., the co-chair of Facing History and Ourselves' 21st Annual Benefit Dinner and Choosing to Participate Kick-Off. He spoke about the importance of the Facing History's upcoming Choosing to Participate initiative and how the community will benefit from such an initiative.
Chicago-based WBEZ radio’s Worldview and CLTV's Politics Tonight sat down with Kirk Johnson, subject of recent award-winning documentary The List and author of To Be a Friend Is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. The interviews aired ahead of Johnson’s appearance at Facing History and Ourselves’ October 23 Community Conversation at Northwestern University School of Law.