TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF AMERICA
Owning a complete, objective American history can unite us as a country. The innovative “Own Your History” Leadership Course brings understanding and ownership of our past. It empowers us to create a different future, to end centuries of division through reconciliation.
Developing Citizens and Leaders to Work on America’s Unfinished Business
“OWN YOUR HISTORY” LEADERSHIP COURSE
- OWNERSHIP CONNECTION: YOUR PAST AND YOURSELF
- INSPIRING LEADERS
- RECONCILIATION OUT OF THE ASHES
- A NEW COUNTRY DEFINED BY SLAVERY
- WHITE SUPREMACY TRIUMPHANT
- PROGRESS FROM ''OWNERSHIP''
Students connect their family story to American history. They also explore creativity and leadership principles and qualities and their own capacity for creating and leading.Personal and leadership development are part of each unit, through projects drawing on the history and dealing with bullying, prejudice, citizenship, fear, and cultural diversity.
Students learn that great leaders come from many backgrounds: Eleanor Roosevelt, a daughter of New York privilege; John Lewis, son of an Alabama sharecropper; Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American farmworker.Everyone has the potential to change the world.
History shows us that healing reconciliation is possible. Students will look at the forced relocation and internment of Japanese-Americans and then South African apartheid and the life of Nelson Mandela. They will see that by objectively facingsuch terrible events, a process for healing and justice can follow.
Students will learn about the contradictions from the beginning of our history between American ideals of liberty and equality and the American reality of slavery and white supremacy. Slavery shaped the Constitution, the new federal government, the American ante bellum economy, American society, and American attitudes –North, South, West, pro-slavery or abolitionist. Students will assess the costs of this contradiction and our denial as a country.
To understand today’s problems, we must understand the depths of the American Apartheid white supremacy system, 1880-1950. In the South, an oppressive, fear-based system of legal and social segregation, economic subordination, and denial of political rights was enforced on former slaves. Outside the South, especially after the black migration north and west, racial prejudices, separation, discrimination, lack of equal opportunity,redlining, and economic inequality were common.
Since 1950, we have had to face our past. Court actions and public demonstrations forced the country to confront segregation, discrimination, and brutality. Civil rights laws and “equal protection” court decisions supported racial equality and gave impetus to parallel rights for women, Latino and other minority groups, LGBT persons. Continued division and denial mean progress is incomplete. By understanding and “owning” all our history objectively, students can be leaders for reconciliation.