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Rosa Parks [frame align=”left”][/frame]When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on December 1, !955, she was physically tired, but no more than you or I…. In fact, under other circumstances, she would have probably given up her seat willingly to a child or elderly person. But this time Parks was tired of the treatment she and other African Americans received every day of their lives, what with the racism, segregation, and Jim Crow laws of the time. “ “Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it,” writes Parks in her book,...

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Famous Black American Quiz

Black Americans have excelled in all arenas of life. Below are some of the many accomplishments made by famous Black American heroes in sports, literature, science, the armed forces, and politics. For each description, circle the letter of the matching answer. 1. In 1964 I was given the Nobel Peace Prize for my work in civil rights. I believed in peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations. I am: A.. Martin Luther King, Jr.    B. George Washington Carver    C. Malcolm X 2. I traveled around the country before and after the Civil War, speaking out for the rights of women and blacks. I...

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We are Different, We are the Same

Objectives The children will identify differences and similarities in each other’s thinking during a conflict resolution experience. The children will use the technique of role reversal in problem solving. Materials Clipboard, papers, pens Procedure Note: Do steps 1 and 2 first thing in the morning. The rest of the lesson is done at the end of the day. Say, “As global citizens, we must always be aware of our individual responsibility in solving conflicts that come up between us. Today we’re going to learn a new way of doing this.” Say, “When...

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Hints for De-escalating a Conflict

Speak softer. Speak more slowly. Look person in the eye. Body language: Relaxed, take a deep, slow breath, legs and arms uncrossed. Take another deep breath. Sit or stand at eye level; neither one of you up or down. Keep reminding yourself, "We can find a win-win resolution to this." and remind the other person too. Ask for a break, if necessary, to collect your thoughts — have a time-out to release the energy and tension if the tension is getting in the way of resuming. Give "I"...

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What if?

[frame align=”left”][/frame]What if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today? You probably know lots about Dr. King. He was a black civil rights leader who was born in 1929 and died in 1968. He was only 39 years old when he died. His birthday is celebrated each year as a tribute to his ideas on equal rights and nonviolence. A lot has changed since the days of King’s peaceful protests, but the world still needs equality and peace. Think about how Martin Luther King Jr. might affect our society if he were alive today. Read the questions on the right. Choose three to answer in...

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Ten Ways to Fight Hate

ACT Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance – by the haters, the public and, worse, the victim. Decency must be exercised, too. If it isn’t, hate invariably persists. UNITE Call a friend or co-worker. Organize a group of allies from churches, schools, clubs and other civic sources. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get everyone involved. SUPPORT THE VICTIMS Hate-crime victims are especially vulnerable, fearful and alone....

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Everyone has an Accent

By Walt Wolfram [divider] Tanya’s family has finally settled in. Now, after the long trek across the country, she faces one more hurdle — the first day of school. Tanya takes a deep breath as she enters a new 5th grade classroom, full of unfamiliar faces and voices. The teacher senses her awkward isolation and steps forward. “Class, we have a new student who moved here over the summer.” He smiles at Tanya. “Would you like to tell us a little bit about where you’re from?” Tanya begins to speak, but a buzz erupts in the classroom before she has...

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How We are White

The break is over, and I am ready to begin the second half of a four hour multicultural curriculum workshop. Twenty-five teachers and staff are scrunched into 2nd grade desks, all eyes and White faces turned toward their one African American colleague, who has asked to address the group. He announces that he will be leaving this workshop immediately and resigning from his position at the end of the year. He has lost hope in their willingness and ability to deal with issues of race. After he leaves, a painful silence grips the room. I realize my planned agenda is no longer appropriate....

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A Moral Choice

Where Do I Start? Be alert: Continually examine your own assumptions about race and cultural differences. Listen ‘beneath the words’ when others speak. Learn to recognize and confront difficult issues concerning your own biases and privilege. Learn all you can about your own cultural background and family history and share your discoveries with your students. Be a role model for your white students and colleagues. Stretch your cultural’ comfort zones. Broaden your understanding of other cultures through books, music and art. Recognize that it is your...

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Classroom Activities & Topics

Classroom Activities How many of you knew Martin Luther King, Jr. studied for two years in the Philadelphia area? Why do you think biographers don’t list that as an important fact in his development? What would you have done if you had been denied service in a restaurant because of your race? When this happened to King, were the laws different in the South than in the North? Do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. made the right choice when he decided not to marry the white woman he loved? What might have happened if he had? Can you name the three kinds of love that Dr. King...

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