“Chicago Business Journal” Highlights Annual Chicago Dinner

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. 

Principal Believes Facing History Work Can Be Transformational Tool in Chicago Public Schools

Cheryl Watkins is the principal of an innovative public middle school in Chicago and winner of a Milken Family Foundation Educator Impact Award.

Speaking at Facing History and Ourselves annual benefit, Cheryl says her school is inspired by a simple motto: “We’ll nurture a society of leaders”—And I can tell you that nothing has been as effective in doing that in my school, and I’m sure in others as well, as the Facing History program.”

Speaking About Silence: Eighth-Grader Traces Impact of Jim Crow and Holocaust in Her Family

After taking a Facing History and Ourselves course at her Chicago public school, fourteen-year-old Baylee found she was able to open new conversations within her own family, discovering the influence of both the Holocaust and the Jim Crow era of racial segregation in the lives of her older relatives. The experience also has her thinking about her own future:

Chicago Student Turns History Lesson into Reason to Build Bridges (Real Ones)

Alixa G. is a junior at Peace and Education Alternative High School on the Southwest side of Chicago. A student speaker at this year’s annual Facing History and Ourselves Chicago benefit dinner, she told the audience about how the insights she took from studying the disturbing history of eugenics turned into an inspiration she plans to apply to today’s world.

Alixa G. at the Chicago Facing History and Ourselves 2011 Spring Benefit

Albert R. Grace, Jr. Addresses Audiences in Chicago, Illinois

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.

WBEZ and CLTV Interview Kirk Johnson Ahead of Chicago Community Conversation

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.

Educator in Chicago Talks Facing History Professional Development at TEDx

Tai Basurto is a literacy teacher at the A.N. Pritzker Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, where she has taught for the past 11 years. Tai has been a Facing History teacher since 2007, and this fall she spoke about the power of Facing History professional development opportunities at TEDx WellsStreetED, an independently-organized TED event held at National Louis University in Chicago.


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