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Card 27 - Small Acts of Courage

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7th Grade
King Middle School
Portland, ME

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7th Grade
King Middle School
Portland, ME

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As part of a study of the civil rights movement, urban middle school students researched local citizens who were active in the movement across the U.S. Students studied the history of the era and the civil rights movement and then interviewed unheralded local heroes who struggled for social justice.

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The students created a series of four books featuring oral histories of these local heroes that described their contributions to the movement, along with photographic portraits. The books were donated to the African American Collection of Maine.

Students hosted their interviewees at the school for a formal ceremony where the contributions of these heroes were celebrated and the books were inducted into the state collection. Their project inspired other schools to create similar books celebrating the contributions of local citizens.

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