“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” – Elie Wiesel

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EYH 2015: From Berlin To Auschwitz

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“It is the future which can restore the past and keep it from being forgotten”    Introduction:       Why I chose to study Holocaust? My curiosity and interest spurred from my love of reading. Since childhood, I have loved having my head in a book. I believe, “Words are the voice of the heart,” be it the author’s or the characters’. As an elementary student, I picked up “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” it is a post WWII story of young Japanese girl named Sadako who bore the scars of war through her leukemia caused by the Atomic Bomb. Through her story I began to see Sadako as a real girl, like myself, and I developed a familiarity to her. She inspired me because despite her affliction, she refused to hate instead, she and her paper cranes showed the world the importance of peace, love, and life through her will to live and acceptance of everyone.It was hard for me to...

Benjamin Wayne: Facing Terror

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Jane Addams

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Ella Baker by Carrie Gibson

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“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you can change that system. That is easier said than done.” – Ella Baker In the quote from Ella Baker shown above, she is basically saying that in order to see change you have to do more than just want it. Actions will grant you change, change only occurs through physical action. She very well knows that changing society will not be an easy task but it’s not impossible either.    Ella Josephine Baker: Lifetime  Ella Josephine Baker was one of the most inspiring leaders in history. She spent most of her time as an activist working behind the scenes to organize the Civil Rights Movement. She was born in 1903...

Rosa Parks by Syasia Everett

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Rosa Parks 1913-2005 “If I can sit down for freedom, you can stand up for the children.” Rosa Parks was one of the most influential leaders to have ever lived, leaving a great impact on the world. Many Americans have looked up to her in admiration because of what she stood for and how courageous she was. Everyone knows the story of how Rosa Parks became well known to America, which was her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama for a white man. Back in the 1950’s this was indeed illegal, therefore Parks was arrested. This arrest did not stop Parks, or other civil rights activists, fight against segregation. In fact, this served as ammunition to ignite the Bus Boycotts. I, for one, admired her and her ambition, as well as her willingness to stand up for what she believed in. Parks fight for equality did not start or stop after her incident on the bus. As it turns...