I grew up in North Carolina, was active in the Bahá’í community, and had good Bahá’í friends as a youth. My roommate in college had never heard of the Bahá’í Faith and asked her church pastor about it.
I grew up in a Bahá’i family with one brother. I started playing soccer in 2nd grade and loved it. I was captain of my team. During middle school, I was drafted to the highly competitive travel team.
Claudette Colvin demonstrates how a teenager had the will and strength to stand up for justice. Most people know about Rosa Parks’s refusal to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Most people don’t know that Claudette Colvin, a fifteen-year-old, did the same thing nine months earlier.
Freedom Writers illustrates how one person’s selflessness and determination can allow many people to overcome the limitations of prejudice and ignorance. This movie is set in 1994, two years after Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California started a voluntary integration program.
Remember The Titans shows that when people unite for a common goal, it is easier to see how our differences make us stronger. Sports require everyone on a team to cooperate for a single goal. The movie is based on actual events at a newly desegregated high school in 1971.
The Help illustrates how one person can reject social norms and change the world around them. It uses humor to approach racial prejudice in Mississippi in 1963. Eugenia Phalen, known as “Skeeter,” returns home after going to college for journalism.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic that shows the bravery it takes to grow beyond a culture poisoned by prejudice. It follows a small family in Alabama during the Great Depression in the 1930s.