This Day in Civil Rights

Emma

Emma

Context

TDICR is a concrete project, worthwhile and easy to explain. Its mission and its mechanism are both very appealing. I can find support. I can run a very effective crowdfunding campaign.
What it is

A web-based data application. For every day of the year, material on civil rights events that happened on that day. Descriptions, personal statements, links to further resources, pictures, video.

From the Suffragettes and the Abolitionists through labor, Black Power, women’s rights, gay rights, climate justice and everything in between, there have been struggles. Often bloody and almost always nearly impossible. And, eventually, successful. The moral arc of the universe is long and really does bend toward justice. There have been heroes and leaders. And there have always been ordinary people putting in hard and dedicated work, their names usually lost to history. They worked for a better world, for themselves and for generations not yet born.

Pettus Bridge

Pettus Bridge

First Peoples

First Peoples

The mission

The mission is collect and distribute evidence of the struggles, and of the otherwise unremarkable people who have bravely stood up for what’s right, and have quite often won.

The mission is to help people resist the notion that things are hopeless and there’s nothing anyone can do that will make any real difference.

The mission is to evoke in participants interest and then passion for uncovering the history of the work done by people dedicated to change, and consider the possibility of doing similar work themselves.

The Method

The method begins by putting most of the work, administration, and development in the hands of young people from Northern Westchester between 14 and 20 years old.

There will be incentives for working on the project. And part of the work will be to find the support that will provide those incentives.

The support of people in education will be sought so students can earn extra credit for participating, and homework can be designed to use the information in the database. (A three minute report on one event that happened on your birthday …)

This method will give practical experience in what it takes to practice engaged citizenship, and foster skills that will last a lifetime.

How will working on this project look on a resume, a job application, or in a college essay? Good is how.

The entire collection will be free and available to everyone. There will be emails, tweets and posts – and other, more exotic, social media – about each day’s anniversaries.

Suffragette

Suffragette

Stonewall

Stonewall

There’s a ton of work,

and not enough hours in the week for me to devote substantial time and attention to that work. Just at the moment, anyway. I’ve been seriously thinking about putting out the word for interns. Maybe there’s other kinds of help out there.
What do you think about the This Day in Civil Rights project?

Flood Wall Street

Flood Wall Street



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