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In the last semester of 7th grade social studies, we study the geography, economics, governments, and history of specific regions throughout Africa. We spend the most time on South African history, as there are many similarities between the development and aftermath of Apartheid and the history of racism and discrimination here in the United States; this includes the progress of the Black Lives Matter movement in both countries. This year, I want to take my students on a journey to learn about how the movement, which has gained traction in both our society and South Africa's, came to be, and I want them to learn about it from the perspective of the movement's founder, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, herself. She recently released the YA Adaption of her memoir, "When They Call You A Terrorist". Incorporating this book study would offer an additional opportunity to draw from the relevance and meaning of global connections on human issues. My students care deeply about real world issues and seeing justice come to life in their own communities; experiencing Cullors' narration of her own fight for justice will not only be educational but powerfully inspiring. Because of COVID-19, my students cannot share books from a class set. Consequently, in order to teach this book, I am required to have a book available for every student; that is 110 books altogether. This first set will help build the beginnings of this. Please consider donating to fund a copy, or as many copies as you feel led to donate. I know my current and future students will be thrilled to incorporate something so relevant and meaningful in their learning experiences. We appreciate you!

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In the last semester of 7th grade social studies, we study the geography, economics, governments, and history of specific regions throughout Africa. We spend the most time on South African history, as there are many similarities between the development and aftermath of Apartheid and the history of racism and discrimination here in the United States; this includes the progress of the Black Lives Matter movement in both countries. This year, I want to take my students on a journey to learn about how the movement, which has gained traction in both our society and South Africa's, came to be, and I want them to learn about it from the perspective of the movement's founder, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, herself. She recently released the YA Adaption of her memoir, "When They Call You A Terrorist". Incorporating this book study would offer an additional opportunity to draw from the relevance and meaning of global connections on human issues. My students care deeply about real world issues and seeing justice come to life in their own communities; experiencing Cullors' narration of her own fight for justice will not only be educational but powerfully inspiring. Because of COVID-19, my students cannot share books from a class set. Consequently, in order to teach this book, I am required to have a book available for every student; that is 110 books altogether. This first set will help build the beginnings of this. Please consider donating to fund a copy, or as many copies as you feel led to donate. I know my current and future students will be thrilled to incorporate something so relevant and meaningful in their learning experiences. We appreciate you!

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