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Growing vegetables and expanding horizons

Expanding Horizons
“Many residents of Compton, California, live in a food desert, which means they lack access to healthy foods and young people have never acquired the habit of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Retired neurosurgeon Sherridan Ross may have a solution: Teach them to grow their own food. Drawing on the legacy of farming in Compton by African Americans, Sherridan develops community gardens that transform the attitude of neighborhood youth to food, and benefits them in other ways, too.”
Grade Level
3-5
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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Curbing floods and restoring a sense of community

English Ave
“English Avenue, an historic African-American neighborhood with an illustrious past, sits at the bottom of Atlanta’s water runoff. Blighted by regular flooding, mass vacancies, unemployment, and impoverishment, English Avenue finds hope in a home-grown response from its youth. Longtime resident MacKenzie Bass — along with fellow members of Street Smart — helped construct a park that curbs the excess water, creates a gathering place, and seeks to reclaim English Avenue’s identity.”
Grade Level
6-8
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Civil Rights History Project: Mary Jenkins

Mary Jenkins
Mary Jenkins describes growing up in the Jim Crow era and frequently being told, “You can’t”—both by a mother terrified of what might happen to her daughter if she stepped out of her expected place, and by a system that had institutionalized segregation as a way of life.
Grade Level
3-5
Mary Jenkins and Will Griffin
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain