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The History of African-American Social Dance

Af Am Social dance/ted
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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Atlanta Compromise 1895

Booker T
Regarded as one of the most important speeches in American history, it was delivered by Booker T. Washington as a plea for racial cooperation in the South during a time of deep racial prejudice.
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Booker T. Washington
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Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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My Identity

After growing up in foster care, Ashley, a young Native-American Caucasian woman, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed. However, with that decision comes the risk of losing one of the few biological connections she still has.
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Yasmin Mistry
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History
Social Justice Domain
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Why I’m A Racist

A white man writes about his journey to understanding his racial privilege and the “benefit of the doubt” that life has afforded him.
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Jeff Cook
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Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
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This Land is Ours

“The Ponca’s challenge of the U.S. government marked a turning point on the long path of Indian resistance. Increasingly, after Standing Bear v. Cook, the fight for Native rights would shift from the battlefields to the courtrooms of the growing nation.”
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Si Se Puede

“In response to legislation that would have criminalized immigrants, thousands of high school students from across the country walked out of their classrooms and into history.”
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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The Negro Motorist Green Book

A green book from the Jim Crow era containing safe places of business for black Americans
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)
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History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain