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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
Social Justice Domain
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“We Lived in a Bubble”

Elizabeth MacQueen is the sculptor of Four Spirits, a monument built to memorialize the four girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. In her memoir, she discusses how the project revealed to her how sheltered she had been as a child growing up in Birmingham.
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Elizabeth MacQueen
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One School Girl’s Protest of Seventeen Magazine—Now 75,000 Strong

Teenager Julia Bluhm was aware of the kinds of pressures put on adolescent girls to look a certain way. So Julia decided to do something about it by starting an online petition asking Seventeen to include unretouched photos in their magazine.
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Julia Bluhm
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Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
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Loving for All

Richard and Mildred Loving were plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court ruling Loving v. Virginia, which struck down race restrictions on the freedom to marry. What follows is Mildred Loving’s public statement delivered on June 12, 2007, the 40th Anniversary of the decision.
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Mildred Loving
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Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Facing the School Dropout Dilemma: The interaction of sexual orientation with school dropout rates

The American Psychological Association (APA) published “Facing the School Dropout Dilemma: The interaction of sexual orientation with school dropout rates” on its website in 2012. The APA is widely regarded as the most prominent professional organization for psychologists in the United States.
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American Psychological Association
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Social Justice Domain
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Welfare is a Women's Issue

This essay expounds on the injustices and false perceptions faced by women in the welfare system. Tillmon contends that the system is overrun with sexism and that until American women are liberated by equal pay, the welfare system will continue to be a trap for them.
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Johnnie Tillmon
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