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(A)wake

In this poem, the speaker traces the senseless killings taking place abroad and at home, with a particular focus on the African-American community. The speaker also calls communities to action to "grow our hope and heal our hearts" in order to live together in peace.
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Jessica Kobe
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Civics
History
Geography
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President Obama's Address on the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Obama's 2015 speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge honors the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of voting-rights activists were brutally attacked by state troopers as they began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. President Obama reminds us of the spirit and struggle associated with the marchers in Selma, or any group of people meeting injustice.
by
Barack Obama
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Civics
History
Economics
Geography
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Literature

Margaret Batchelder, Immigrant Inspector (1903)

Margaret Batchelder writes to President Theodore Roosevelt to tell him how women inspectors welcome immigrants—with smiles and encouragement. Although not allowed to question the immigrants, the women make a difference in the immigrants' first experiences on shore.
by
Gwenyth Swain
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Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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The burden of being a young American Muslim

Hailey Woldt describes being a part of a research team that traveled to 75 cities and visited 100 mosques as part of a study on Muslims living in a post-9/11 America. In Brooklyn, a ten-year-old boy tells of being beaten, prevented from practicing his religion in peace and called a terroist.
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Hailey Woldt
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

The U.N. General Assembly adopted the original version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The intention was to safeguard the international community against atrocities such as occurred during World War II.
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United Nations
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Civics
History
Economics
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