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Invite some participants to bring the voice and ideas of Thoreau, Gandhi, and/or King to an impromptu podium speech.
Ask participants to think of a social or political injustice we face today—a situation where laws are unjust. How could we protest the situation and demand change, using peaceful means? Invite them to imagine what kind of speech a nonviolent activist would make about the contemporary issue. Challenge them to convince one another that nonviolent protest is the way to accomplish the goal.
You can structure this activity in a variety of ways. Individual volunteers could take a few minutes on their own or with a group to select a contemporary justice issue to address and choose quotations from Thoreau, Gandhi, or King to include in a speech. You might work as a group to choose a contemporary issue, provide quotations to everyone, and then ask for volunteers to make a brief, impromptu speech. If the group includes strong writers, you could invite everyone to work quietly on their own for five minutes, each choosing an issue and drafting a speech; then invite volunteers to read or have another person read their speech aloud from the podium. Choose any way that will engage this specific group, but be sure you ask for volunteers to give speeches. Do not pressure any child to speak to the entire group.
After the participants give their speeches, reflect. Use these questions, as appropriate:
Do not put any participant on the spot by asking them to quickly create a speech or to speak in front of the group.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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