The first peoples of the Americas came from Siberia, crossing the Bering Land Bridge about 15,000 years ago. By comparison, Europeans did not make contact until about 500 years ago! According to a new genetic study, the number of Native Americans quickly shrank by roughly half, since then. Thanksgiving seems like a good time to commemorate the native cultures that have become extinct, and to celebrate … Continue reading Native American Heritage Month
February is Black History Month, and this winter’s celebration will include a special focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides. We are excited to join the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Verizon Thinkfinity in commemorating this historical landmark with a National Youth Summit webcast, which will air live on February 9, 2011, 12:00pm (EST).
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Freedom Rides veterans Diane Nash, Jim Zwerg, and Reverend James Lawson will share how they became involved in the Freedom Rides and how their lives were affected by them. They will join filmmaker Stanley Nelson (writer, producer, and director of the new PBS documentary Freedom Riders) and scholar Raymond Arsenault to discuss the meaning of the Freedom Rides and the role of young people in shaping America’s past and future. Students across the country can join together electronically for this summit on the Freedom Rides and activism.