Speak Truth to Power

Speak Truth To Power, a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. The curriculum was produced by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in partnership with the New York State United Teachers and Chicago Public Schools.

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This lesson is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students will come to understand: the role migrant farm workers play in getting food from the...
After this lesson, students will know who Archbishop Desmond Tutu is and why he is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights defender; be able...
Common Core
After this lesson, students will be able to: define and contextualize the term “free expression;" recognize the importance of maintaining free...
After this lesson, students will be able to: understand the conflict between China and Tibet; understand the concept of free expression/religious...
After this lesson Students will be able to: define and understand the term "gender-based violence;" examine and analyze the facts and figures related...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Students will learn about Elie Wiesel is and why he is a human rights defender; learn how his example provides the inspiration for students to stand...
After this lesson, students will be able to describe why children are targeted for combat; assess the effects of child soldiers; identify effective...
Speak Truth to Power
Updated: 
2016
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
We are currently facing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Millions are fleeing conflict and persecution around the world, creating the...
  • English Language Arts
  • MS, HS
A powerful and moving anti-bullying lesson. Students will: interpret language as a factor in perpetuating or preventing bullying; identify attitude...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students will be able to connect the study of human rights in the past to the human rights defender Anonymous; understand the dire condition of human...