When I came across Voice of Witness's Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, it was love at first sentence, I could not put the book down. The first-person narratives in it helped me see, truly see, and witness the vulnerability, fears, and the permanent state of anxiety experienced by undocumented immigrants in a very intimate way. Underground America conveyed the facts about immigration, and it went far beyond that by sharing the daily lives, the daily struggles, the details—the very human face of a complex issue that is often discussed solely in political or economic terms. This marked a turning point in my life, helping me take a step towards being a more engaged and active witness to injustice and the dangers of bystanding. Since then, I not only learned more about Voice of Witness’s acclaimed book series but also about the important and amazing work of its Education Program.
The Voice of Witness Education Program’s mission is to transform the way students see the world and their place within it.
Today, I am very proud to be part of this team, raising money for this most meaningful cause.
Every day Voice of Witness helps students engage with some of the most crucial issues of our time through stories told by the people directly impacted by them. Students who read the oral history books in our series hear from undocumented immigrants, refugees, and the wrongfully convicted, among many others whose voices are rarely heard. They discover unexpected moments of connection and develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around them. To foster these experiences, we support teachers with oral history training, books, lesson plans, and one-on-one curricular consulting.
With the Make History Campaign, our goal is to inspire more students—our next generation of leaders, teachers, history makers—to meaningfully engage with the world. We can achieve this by connecting them with important, unheard stories, and by empowering them to tell their own stories in their own voices.
Over the past five years, we've offered our services and resources for free to thousands of students and teachers around the U.S. who otherwise could not afford them. This would not be possible without the generous support of people like you, and we rely on your help to continue this work.
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