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This Week's News: Facing History and Ourselves
August 4, 2016
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Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death in a confrontation with Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Within a week, the shooting became a flashpoint for a national discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States. Using Ferguson as a case study, students will explore the media coverage and the protests that followed—driven largely by social media—and learn to become informed and effective civic participants in today’s digital landscape. 

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Featured Event
Join Us! Memphis Benefit Dinner
Monday, October 24, 2016
Benefit Co-Chairs Dorothy & Fred Johnson and Meggan & Daniel Kiel invite you to join us on Monday, October 24, for an inspirational and thought-provoking evening with community leaders, educators, and students. This annual benefit supports our vital work, which impacts over 215,000 students each year in the Memphis area.
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Facing History Mourns the Loss of Susan Smith, A Friend, Supporter, and Advocate of the Organization Since Its Inception
Facing History's Work Endorsed by President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
New! Facing Today Blog Post: "Ferguson: Breaking Down the News"
Facing Today Blog Post: "Using Reconstruction to Understand Today’s Racial Tensions"
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"Defying the Nazis" Airs on PBS on September 20, 2016
Facing History partnered with filmmaker Artemis Jourkowsky for Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War and will provide resources for educators to bring the film into their classrooms. 

Defying the Nazis is directed by Jourkowsky and celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns. The film tells the story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, Americans who helped save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation.

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115 Huling Avenue  
Memphis, TN 38103
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