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Curbing floods and restoring a sense of community

“English Avenue, an historic African-American neighborhood with an illustrious past, sits at the bottom of Atlanta’s water runoff. Blighted by regular flooding, mass vacancies, unemployment, and impoverishment, English Avenue finds hope in a home-grown response from its youth. Longtime resident MacKenzie Bass — along with fellow members of Street Smart — helped construct a park that curbs the excess water, creates a gathering place, and seeks to reclaim English Avenue’s identity.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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The Negro Motorist Green Book

These images are from The Negro Motorist Green Book 1940 edition. The Green Book, published from 1936 – 1964, served as a guide for African Americans traveling around the country during the Jim Crow segregation era. To explore the complete issues visit the New York Public Library Digital Collections at https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/the-green-book#/?tab=ab…
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William H. Green (editor)
Grade Level
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

(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.
by
Jessica Kobe
Grade Level
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Muslim Girls Design Their Own Culturally Appropriate Basketball Uniforms

This article details the experiences of members of a middle-school girls’ basketball team who were torn between playing a sport they loved and wearing culturally and religiously appropriate clothing.
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Joseph Erbentraut
Grade Level
6-8