The recent row over Bill Maher and Ben Affleck's heated discussion of Islam on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher strikes me as an opportunity for a civic lesson–one rooted not in debating who is right or wrong, or who is bigoted or not, but one, that, in true Facing History and Ourselves fashion, is rooted in history. At Facing History, we have learned that history often provides a needed distance from which we can illuminate the present and inform more productive civic dialogue.
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Sixteen years ago this month, on the night of October 6, 1998, two young men robbed, kidnapped, and tortured a young man named Matthew Shepard simply because he was gay.
Forty-one years ago this month, a violent military coup in Chile led by Army Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet overthrew Salvador Allende's democratically-elected government.
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Thursday marks the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
“I think my daughter is one of the most remarkable people I know. I would do anything in the world for her,” Facing History Cleveland office director Mark Swaim-Fox told the Cleveland Magazine blog last weekend, after participating in the 2014 Gay Games in her honor.
A woman who was interned in Auschwitz came to speak to our class.
We were in 7th grade and she gathered us around her.
Facing History is saddened to note the passing of lifelong civil rights champion, politician, and tireless journalist John Seigenthaler. Mr. Seigenthaler died Friday. He was 86.
Today Holocaust rescuer Raoul Wallenberg is being posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Wallenberg, who passed away two years ago, was a Swedish envoy who protected Jewish Swiss citizens during World War II, saving tens of thousands of Jews.
Nearly 54 years to the day after it was first published, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird comes out as an ebook for the first time on July 8.