“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.” (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)

Social justice is defined as “the fair and just relation between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity and social privileges.

Individuals can make a difference. It starts with an idea or dream that someone may have. writes that there are seven qualities that make-up an effective leader (listed below). In

  1. Inspire action
  2. Be optimistic
  3. Integrity
  4. Support and facilitate your team
  5. Have confidence
  6. Communicate
  7. Be decisive

The following is your assignment as an introduction for our social justice unit.

  1. Check out one of the following organizations to gain a better understanding of what social justice activism entails.
    1. Teaching Tolerance
    2. The Free Child Project
    3. Children’s Defense Fund
    4. Community Alliance for Diversity
    5. Advocates for Youth
    7. Global Fund for Children
    8. National Diversity Council
  2. Research one of the following advocates and create a short biography on them. Make sure to record, and cite, plenty of information as you will need it. There can only be one advocate per class so once you have chosen one, write both your name, and your advocate, on the whiteboard.
    1. Audre Lorde
    2. Howard Zinn
    3. Julia Butterfly Hill
    4. Helen Keller
    5. Rosa Parks
    6. Frederick Douglass
    7. Ralph Nadar
    8. Ronald Tanaki
    9. Eleanor Roosevelt
    10. John Muir
    11. Cesar Chavez
    12. Susan B. Anthony
    13. Nelson Mandela
    14. Jesse Jackson
    15. Naomi Klein
    16. Rachel Carson
    17. John Lewis
    18. Mahatma Gandhi
    19. Marian Wright Edelman
    20. Frances Fox Piven
    21. Dennis Banks
  3. Create your own website at weebly
    1. The main look/purpose of your website will be for our social justice unit.
    2. Copy/paste your research on your advocate along with the picture of your Wordle project.
    3. Include the following:
      1. Bibliography (include website links)
      2. Minimum of four pictures
      3. Three quotes from your advocate
      4. Incorporate the seven qualities of an effective leader and discuss which ones apply to your figure
      5. Reflection – your take on the person and why you think they were successful