Created by Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Angelina M. Cortes, Sno-Isle Libraries; Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Prince William Library System; and Amira Shabana, Proviso East High School.
The "Finding Your Voice" theme is part of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
About the theme
The old adage goes “children should be seen and not heard.” That conventional wisdom implies that speaking up and out is the exclusive realm of adults. It also suggests that children and young people don’t have important things to say — that they should stay out of adult conversation. The truth is that young people have been vital to making change by speaking and showing up in the face of adversity. Take Joan of Arc, for example. In 1429, while just 18 years old, she led a French army to the besieged city of Orléans in a victory over the English.
But we don’t have to go back to 15th-century France to find young heroes. On November 14, 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school. Her mother and U.S. marshals had to escort young Ruby to class because of violent mobs in her hometown of New Orleans. Bridges was born the same year that Brown v. Board of Education made “separate but equal” public spaces illegal, and her bravery was a milestone in the Civil Rights movement. There are countless examples of young people speaking out and taking a stand against injustice. Continue reading about this theme.
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
- Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
- American Street by Ibi Zoboi
- Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
- Discussion questions #1 (general questions)
- Discussion questions #2 (book-specific questions)
- Related reading list
- Certificate of achievement (for participants)
- Certificate of appreciation (for partners and supporters)
- Racial Healing Circle prompts
- YALSA Research into Resources on Supporting Youth Affected by Trauma
- Poster (with printing crop marks)
- Poster (without printing crop marks)
- Web banner
- Sample media release form
- Tips for implementing a Great Stories Club program
- Tips for working with teen readers facing challenges with reading level and engagement (created for the GSC series “Structures of Suffering”)
- Resources compiled to support Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, which include a TRHT Glossary, readings on structural racism, links to publications about racial healing circles, and a list of TRHT Places around the country
- Archived Racial Healing Methodology Webinar (presented February 15, 2019, by Mee Moua and Monica Haslip, consultants to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation) and related slides
- Archived Microaggressions Webinar (presented February 6, 2019, by Jody Gray, director of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services) and related slides
- TRHT GSC Evaluation Resource Packet (PDF)
- TRHT GSC Theory of Change (PDF)