Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest, Resistance, and Change

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A Conference for Teachers of Grades 3-8 and School Librarians

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
March 25, 2020

8:30 AM - 3:15 PM

How can literature help students better understand historical and contemporary struggles for freedom and equality? How have people from underrepresented groups made their voices heard in social and political movements? How can stories of civic action empower young people to exercise their rights and take on responsibilities for working toward a better world? 

Those who have experienced discrimination have taken great risks to demand dignity and justice. This conference will explore how they have organized resistance and protest movements in response to different forms of oppression. Indigenous peoples asserting their right to sovereignty and cultural expression, suffragists campaigning in a decades-long effort to secure the right to vote, and African Americans waging legal battles for equality are but three stories to be featured at this daylong event. Join keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Reese and award-winning authors Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rappaport to discover both literature and strategies for helping young people create change in the world.

Program at a Glance

8:00Registration, Book Browsing
8:30Introduction
8:45"Let's Talk Truths: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" Keynote Address by Dr. Debbie Reese
9:45Book Browsing, Conversation with Colleagues
10:15"The Power of Protest and Resistance: Stories to Inspire Young Readers": Panel discussion with Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rappaport --moderated by Vicky Smith, Children's Editor, Kirkus Reviews.
11:30Lunch
12:30Concurrent Sessions I
 A. Evaluating Children's Books with Native Content with Dr. Debbie Reese 
 B. Action Civics in the Classroom: Empowering Students to Be Change Agents with educators from Generation Citizen including Keith Chappelle, Carra Fraker, Jason Romanoski, and Ellie Sanchez (recommended for 6th - 8th grade)
 C. Reviewing Children's Literature for Inclusion with Vicky Smith
1:45Concurrent Sessions II
 C. Meet the Author: Jabari Asim
 D. Meet the Author: Ann Bausum
 F.  Meet the Author: Doreen Rappaport
2:50Conclusion, Book Signing

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