ISSUE 14 | JUNE 20 | 2020

As we continue to listen and learn amidst the ongoing protests for justice and equality, we want to share more meaningful stories and resources that we’ve discovered. Join us in exploring new perspectives for a deeper understanding of these critical issues. 
Juneteenth, a 155-year-old holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery, has been in the news a lot lately and many feel it is well past time to make it a national holiday. Want to know what it’s all about? And why it took two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to inform the people of Texas that all slaves are free? Time magazine and CNBC have excellent pieces to keep you informed.
Parents everywhere are struggling to explain anti-Black police violence — and the worldwide protests against it — to their kids. Here’s something that may help: five short play scripts for children and families to act out, penned by playwright/poet Idris Goodwin, under the title “Free Play: Open Source Scripts Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow.” Also, the New York Public Library has a great list of picture books for the youngest kids, as well as a mix of fiction and non-fiction for independent readers and teenagers. The stories cover a wide range of topics, from the exuberance of a visit to the barbershop to grappling with low self-esteem, from overcoming heartbreak to confronting racism and exploring activism.
Did you know that for more than a decade we’ve been working with our client, the New Israel Fund, to combat racism and ensure civil rights in Israel? One project in particular focused on “Moments That Matter” — discussing tipping points in public events and how they shape public dialogue and lead to significant policy changes. NIF supports organizations seeking social change and who are ready for these moments — so that when they come, they can show that racism and exclusion have no place in society. Read our case study on this work.
Read about the audacious Dorothy Height, who advised many national political leaders on civil rights issues, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon Johnson. Though she has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, her efforts were rarely recognized by the media or in history books. Many think Height is among the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, but that her contributions were frequently ignored due to sexism. We learned about Height from A Mighty Girl, the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.
This terrific story, including photos and video, captures Xavier Young and Marjorie Alston, a young black couple who marked a special milestone in their relationship at a protest — they got engaged!  “I’d been kind of just watching her protest and make her voice known, being seen, and I was like, yeah, this is the girl I want to be with.…and then boom. It was a proposal,” Young recounted. “[A crowd] gathered pretty dang quick. She probably didn't want the attention, but you know what? She deserved it.” Congratulations on making history!
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