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Published on May 31, 2013
The Story Behind "Journey to Justice"
Space of Mind is for kids who chose homeschooling but don't want to miss out on the social aspects of a traditional school. This year's service learning project was to become an official "No Place for Hate" school, which is a designation we earned through the Anti-Defamation League, a global organization dedicated to promoting equality for all.
Space of Mind is a schoolhouse where all students feel safe to be themselves. We think every student has that right.
So, we went road-tripping to Alabama to document the evolution of bullying in school through the lens of the Civil Rights movement. We listened and learned from the personal experiences of bullies and their victims (some of those experiences our ours personally) and discussed the roles of bigotry and acceptance in the progression of our humanity.
We hit the road April 11th-15th to recreate our version of the 1961 Freedom Ride - traveling to Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma, Alabama and to Atlanta, Georgia to learn firsthand about the fight for civil rights in our country. Along the way, and when we returned, we brainstormed ways to continue this fight in our community and most personally, our schools.
We took along video equipment and Brave Man Media videographer (and friend of SOM), Bens Hilaire, and we produced a documentary on our trip that encapsulated our experiences, our message and our passion for promoting tolerance at school.
IN ADDITION TO THANKING OUR AMAZING GOFUNDME.COM/SPACEOFMIND DONORS, WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO TRACEY & GABE GROSSMAN, MICHAEL WEINER, BRAVE MAN MEDIA'S DAMIAN FITZSIMMONS & BENS HILAIRE and DAVID RUTTENBERG FOR SUPPORTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE !!