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The History of African-American Social Dance

Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.
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Camille A. Brown
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History
Geography
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Literature

Silver Candlesticks

After serving a 19-year sentence, Jean Valjean ends up on the Lord Bishop's doorstep, where he is offered a warm meal and bed to sleep in. Although he steals from the bishop, in the end, he earns redemption and a second chance thanks to the bishop's wise and caring ways.
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Victor Hugo
Grade Level
6-8
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Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Experiment in Fairness

Bayard Rustin was an African American leader who worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in the 1940s and 1950s for equal rights for all Americans using nonviolence. In this story, he writes about the struggle for an African American man to order a simple hamburger at a restaurant in the Midwest.
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Bayard Rustin
Grade Level
6-8
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Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Give!

This excerpt from Anne Frank’s writings pleads for empathy and understanding for others, and seeks to promote kindness and fairness by calling individuals to action.
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Anne Frank
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6-8
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History
Economics
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.
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Jessica Kobe
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Civics
History
Geography
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