When we hear people’s story, we see them. Hearing and telling story make people significant. It can remind others that they are not working alone. We can connect with story. In addition, story has the ability to create change. Story is connected to a vast array of quiet, simple, complex, and detailed actions that have moved people to consider their thinking. Story can help people move from thinking about difference to making a difference— a difference that works.
The time to hear stories of social action is now. Stories can move a reader to think, re-think, and most of all create change. At present, one can’t help but hear the angry words that come from rising hate groups. From this misleading speech, people buy into the false or biased narratives that promote even further hate and violence. However, if we want to be part of social change, we need to do more than hear—we need to listen to narratives of social action. We need to be mindful. It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action.
This book chronicles voices from storyteller activists, educational reformers, and community organizers. These voices speak out against hate. However, this collection is not about famous voices, but instead contains powerful stories by the concerned teacher, the caring neighbor, and the vigilant social advocate of injustice; people doing extraordinary social actions to promote change.
“This anthology has been masterfully created by weaving in stories that are relatable to everyone and educational to all. Reading it is an experience that leaves us with the desire to tell our story, to take a mindful moment to hear other stories, and to pause and simply connect with one another about our shared text. This anthology of diverse authors has the potential to mirror to our experience, or to offer a look into a circumstance that we need to learn about. The Social Action Activities at the end of each story are a way for this book to come alive and create storytellers within the readers themselves. This book is a great resource for the classroom, university, and for any group that is ready to tell their own stories.”
— Amy L. Melik, is currently serving her third term on the Learning for Justice Advisory Board (formerly known as Teaching Tolerance). She is an educator and facilitator with experience at the elementary, middle, high school and adult levels of education, an ELL Teacher and Coordinator for a school district near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an Equity Specialist for BlackBlack and Associates, LLC.
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Kevin D. Cordi, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Ohio University Lancaster. A pioneer is the use of oral storytelling in education, Cordi also consults with organizations and schools nationally as an educational consultant. He also serves on the National Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board.
Kirstin J. Milks, Ph.D. learns from and with AP Biology and Earth/space science students at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, IN, where she lives with her spouse and two young children.
Rebecca Van Tassell is a Knowles Teacher Initiative Teaching Senior Fellow & Kaleidoscope Editor-in-Chief from Bradford, PA.
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