Organizing and Activism

Title

Islands of Decency

Author

Horton, Myles

Type

Reading

Overview

Tennessee-native Myles Horton was a social activist who co-founded the Highlander Research and Education Center whose faculty and student community included Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely…

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Title

Occupy Chicago Protesters

Author

Paul, Linda

Type

Image

Overview

Linda Paul’s photograph of Occupy Chicago protesters in October of 2011 documents the movement’s presence in Chicago. The image provokes conversation about economic and social justice, civil…

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Title

Child of the Romans

Author

Sandburg, Carl

Type

Reading

Overview

This poem was written in 1912 by Pullitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) as part of his series on Chicago. Besides being a prolific and gifted writer, Sandburg worked at the Chicago Daily…

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Title

Conjectures of A Guilty Bystander (excerpt)

Author

Merton, Thomas

Type

Reading

Overview

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was born in Prades, France. He grew up in France and England before moving to the United States and earning a BA and an MA from Columbia University in New York City.…

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Title

They’ll Say, ‘She Must Be from Another Country’

Author

Dharker, Imtiaz

Type

Reading

Overview

Imtiaz Dharker is one of the most important Indian poets currently writing in English. A recurring theme in her poetry is the danger of exclusion, as she noted in a recent interview: "In a world…

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