Hip Hop for Social Change

By: Amanda Friedeman, Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Educator, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Engaging. Relevant. Timely. These concepts are at the forefront of many educators’ minds, even while juggling increasing demands and diminishing resources. Capturing students’ attention and imaginations while building skills for critical thinking and social engagement are essential elements of effective teaching as we prepare students for the future.

Illinois Holocaust Museum is dedicated to providing inspiration and education to teachers and youth in order to open meaningful dialogue that combats hate, prejudice, and indifference. By approaching students on their own level and drawing upon their interests, we as educators build on their experiential knowledge to help them see how they can affect social change in their schools, their communities, and the larger world. Through interactive field trips, engaging and informative professional development opportunities, and creative school and community partnerships, Illinois Holocaust Museum gives both students and teachers the tools to speak out on issues that matter to them and to become a force for positive change.

Illiblove-225x300nois Holocaust Museum is proud to present Hip Hop for Social Change, featuring award winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice Dr. Bettina Love and presented in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and community partners including CIS of Chicago. Drawing inspiration from the cultural aesthetics of Hip Hop to imagine what liberation looks and feels like for young people, Dr. Love examines how the sociopolitical lives of young folk – who are invested in social justice, community-building, and critical thinking – are using the elements of Hip Hop (Graffiti, MCing, Deejaying, Breakdancing, and Knowledge of Self and Community) to cultivate social change. The overall goal of the talk is to understand how the fifth element of Hip Hop – Knowledge of Self and Community – helps youth create counter-narratives that reflect their social and cultural identities to foster self-determination. We hope you will join us for this powerful and inspiring evening.

Hip Hop for Social Change
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00pm
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago, Lower Level
This event is free to the public, but reservations are required at http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/events

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