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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
Social Justice Domain
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A Personal Mission: Sammy Younge Jr.

Although raised in a prosperous and prestigious African-American home in Tuskegee, Ala., Sammy Younge found himself drawn most to the civil rights movement. While the cause cost him his life, his actions and determination helped to transform this Southern city.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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History
Social Justice Domain
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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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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