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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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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
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Una Vida de Esperanza

In this interview, Luis Rodriguez describes how the systemic demoralization he faced in school and society at a young age drove him to join a street gang and how writing his book, Always Running, was an attempt to call his son and other young people in similar situations to change their lives.
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Luis Rodriguez and Sara Bullard
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Civics
Social Justice Domain
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The Child's Defender

In this interview, Marian Wright Edelman expresses the importance of each American sending children “signals of fairness and tolerance” and helping to give them “a life that transcends boundaries of race, class, gender and other differences.”
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Marian Wright Edelman and Sara Bullard
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Civics
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Hunger

People of all types in line for food at the Gospel Mission. A mother remarks that they donated to this mission last year.
In this cartoon, people of all sexes, ages, shapes and sizes are lined up outside the Gospel Mission, waiting for food. A mother in line remarks that they donated to this Mission just last year, inciting the feeling that circumstances can quickly change.
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David Fitzsimmons
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Economics
Social Justice Domain