Documenting freedom...

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Director Stanley Nelson lives up to his ambition to investigate moments in history that matter in our lives right now. As the late Rev. Vincent Harding said about the Civil Rights movement, Nelson's film, "Freedom Summer," acts as a curriculum to teach activism. It's also compelling storytelling that breaks one's heart open--and inspires. PBS premiere: June 24th.

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Featuring...

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School visits! What a delight to return to Philadelphia Montessori Charter School where, as they say, "Average is Over!" Congratulations on their new playground! Also, great fun with the six-grade classes at Universal Bluford School, and third and sixth-grade classes at Stanton School. Earlier this Spring, I met upper-schoolers at Germantown High who'd read Black Ice.

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Please read this.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' article, "The Case for Reparations," must become required reading for U.S. citizens. Please read, study, and share it.

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From "The Case for Reparations," in The Atlantic, May 2014

...the crime with which reparations activists charge the country implicates more than just a few towns or corporations. The crime indicts the American people themselves, at every level, and in nearly every configuration. A crime that implicates the entire American people deserves its hearing in the legislative body that represents them.