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February 26, 2013 > American Civil Rights heroes share personal stories

American Civil Rights heroes share personal stories

Submitted By Kristen Yasukawa, ACOE

The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), in partnership with Carlmont High School in Belmont will host an evening of American civil rights history on February 28 featuring personal accounts from:

Minnijean Brown Trickey - Minnijean will share her story as one of nine African American students who collectively desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, one of the most important events in the African American Civil Rights Movement.

Anthony Chavez, Grandson of Cesar Chavez - Anthony will share his grandfather's story as a Latino farm worker to renowned civil rights advocate, national labor leader and founder of the United Farm Workers.

Karen Korematsu, Daughter of Fred Korematsu - Karen will share her father's story as a Japanese American who resisted placement in the government's internment camps in 1942.

The speaker presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and will conclude with a panel discussion. The event will be held at Carlmont High School and is free and open to the public. Curriculum will be provided to teachers during a special workshop at 6:30 p.m.

Although each individual story is unique, together they make up the story of civil rights in America and highlight the importance of taking a stance for what is right. This event is part of ACOE's ongoing efforts to connect educators with the resources and tools to teach civil rights to Alameda County students in grades K-12. As a partner with the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation for Service-Learning and the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, ACOE developed civil rights curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students and manages educator toolkits that incorporate projects focusing on social justice and civic responsibility.

"ACOE is committed to civil rights education and to teach our students to remember and appreciate these leaders' fight for equality for all of us," said Karen Monroe, Alameda County Associate Superintendent of Education. "In a time where we are coping with cyber-bullying and gender orientation equality, it is imperative that we foster courage and conviction in our students so they may have the strength to stand up for their own rights and the rights of others."

Personal Accounts from Three Civil Rights Heroes
Thursday, Feb 28
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(6:30 p.m. - Special workshop and curriculum for teachers)
Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center
1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont
For information: Evan Goldberg at (510) 670-4233 or email egoldberg@acoe.org
Free event for students, teachers and community members

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