Topic: Anne Frank
Clarksville, TN – For over half a century, her memoir has captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now the Roxy Regional Theatre is bringing to life the inspirational true story of a young girl swept up in the turmoil of the Holocaust in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, opening Friday, February 17th, at 8:00pm.
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14th, 1942, two days after her thirteenth birthday and twenty-two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister and four others.
Flourishing Families is under the leadership of Breona Carter, now in her third year as Flourishing Families’ President. During her tenure, Carter launched a bold new strategic plan and shelter master plan, increased its commitment to financial assistance, established a new core curriculum, made programmatic changes across the Second Chance Program, and increased its focus on decreasing the homeless rate in the community. «Read the rest of this article»
The 89th Meeting
Clarksville, TN – The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 in our new home at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00pm and is always open to the public.
This meeting’s topic is “The Civil War of Nashville’s Maggie Vaulx, April 1861 to March 1862” «Read the rest of this article»
Erin Gruwell didn’t know what she was in for in the Fall of 1994 when she was assigned to room 203 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach California. It was to be her first teaching experience, with group at-risk students that the school’s administration considered to be unteachable.
The class was diverse, and consisted of a mix African-American, Latino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Caucasian students, many of whom had grown up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the community. Many were gang members, and all of them were victims of racial intolerance, and social inequity.
Clarksville, TN – In the fall of 1994, an idealistic first-year teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA, began her career in a classroom of at-risk students – many of whom were victims of racial intolerance and simply accepted it as part of their lives.
When the teacher, Erin Gruwell, grabbed hold of a note being passed that showed an ugly racial caricature, the moment was the catalyst Gruwell needed to usher her students into an eye-opening journey against intolerance. «Read the rest of this article»
In the fall of 1994, an idealistic first-year teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA, began her career in a classroom of at-risk students – many of whom were victims of racial intolerance and simply accepted it as part of their lives.
When the teacher, Erin Gruwell, grabbed hold of a note being passed that showed an ugly racial caricature, the moment was the catalyst Gruwell needed to usher her students into an eye-opening journey against intolerance.
She and the class began reading the works of Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic as their guides, and as they saw similarities from those readings in their lives, the students wrote diaries of their own. They dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists, the Freedom Riders.
Their diary entries are featured in the book, “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which also was the basis for the 2007 motion picture “Freedom Writers,” starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank as Gruwell.
Gruwell told her students they have something to say, and that inspired them to shatter stereotypes and fight apathy. To celebrate that spirit, Gruwell will speak at Austin Peay State University in a keynote address open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»
Operation Turnaround hosts the Freedom Writers for Clarksville’s 1st annual Juvenile Collaborative: Resources for Juveniles, Families, and the Professionals Who Serve Them.
The Freedom Writers are coming to Clarksville on Saturday, August 8th from 8:00a.m. till 3:00p.m. to speak, answer questions, and sign autographs at Northeast High School. Pre-registration is encouraged! The Freedom Writers story is one of a teacher who together with 150 Teens, used writing to change themselves, and the world around them.
Sessions during the day include: Navigating Juvenile Courts, Addiction and Recovery, Managing an unruly or truant child, Coping Skills, Special Education and Disabilities, Navigating CMCSS, Family Wellness, Adolescent Development, Parenting Skills, Self-Defense/RAD, Mentor Training, Depression and Mental Illness, Managing Behavior Problems in the Classroom, Communications 101, Finances 101, Getting Past the Past, Sex and Pregnancy, Dealing with Parents and Adults (kids only), Bullying, and Gangs 101.
“I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” The Diary of Anne Frank, unknown date, 1944.
Anne Frank penned those words 64 years ago while she hid from the Nazi regime in Amsterdam. However, on this day, when we commemorate the Holocaust perpetuated by Nazi Germany against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Slavs, Catholics, and many others, we should be saddened and sobered by the fact the cruelty of which she wrote has not truly ended, but continues on in our own world.” ~The Diary of Anne Frank (1943).
Often, when we look back at the holocaust, we fail to realize our own blame in its occurrence. Before anyone starts sending death threats, think about if for a moment. Yes, the ultimate force behind the deaths of some 11 million people was Hitler and the National Socialists. However, we must remember, the Holocaust started in 1933, six years before war broke out, and seven (almost eight actually) years before the United States became actively involved in the conflict that became World War II. Dachau, first of the concentration camps, opened in that year, while at the same time, the Jews were barred from Civil Service and multiple professions. Hitler went unchallenged by the rest of the world. «Read the rest of this article»
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