A Manhasset, NY UU Congregation Establishes "CoUUrage to Defy Hate Task Force" Because of the Sharps' Example of Courage!
Waitstill Sharp’s sermon “The Colored Man Waits” on May 11, 1947 --
'Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel?' saith the Lord. When shall white men really believe the vision of Amos 750 B.C. Here is one of the key tasks of World Commonwealth: the development of a maturity and a compassion resourceful enough to control racism. A Christianity brave enough, gallant enough, wise enough to develop these resources, is the only Christianity fit to survive. The Judgement Day is upon us of the other white races.'
We just learned of an 8th grade student, Grace Johnson, who was inspired by the Sharps and made them the subject of her National History Day Project! Here is a link to her wonderful (and extensive) project!
Below is a note from her mother, Debby, to librarian, Holly Snyder of Brown University.
UPDATE: Grace won first place in the South Dakota National History Day competition and is headed to the national competition!
Thank you so much for the information on the Sharps. My daughter, Grace, is an 8th grader at Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD. In her accelerated Social Studies class, they created works for the National History Day competition. The national theme was "Taking a Stand". After viewing the PBS documentary by Ken Burns, Grace chose the Sharps as her focus in her individual website. During her interview portion of the competition, she was asked for the location of the Sharp Family Archives, I see from your correspondence that these are located at Brown University. Thank you for the information that you sent. This Wednesday, Grace will compete at the state level of competition in the Jr. level of NHD. If she advances, she will bring her Sharp website to Washington DC in June - fingers crossed! I thought you might be interested in seeing her website. It is built quite differently than the one you have online as she is only allowed 1200 of her own words, and is dependent on first and secondary accounts of the Sharps journey. If she advances on - I will let you know! Again thank you for your information!
Mother of Grace Johnson
Henry Walsh, 94, Shares Story of His Rescue and Names Other Rescuers Who Worked with Martha & Waitstill Sharp
NYTIMES Learning Network Publishes "Text to Text: Comparing Jewish Refugees of the 1930s With Syrian Refugees Today" by Laura Tavares
The NY Times Learning Network has published a lesson written By Laura Tavares, Senior Associate at Facing History and Ourselves. Video from the Defying the Nazis is included. This topic remains so relevant, and we are hopeful that the blog will alert educators to the film and to resources to be used at the Moral Courage Conference.
The lesson is published here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/learning/lesson-plans/text-to-text-comparing-jewish-refugees-of-the-1930s-with-syrian-refugees-today.html
An opening reception for the exhibit, A Hymn for the Brave: the Sharps and Humanitarian Work in World War II, will be held at the John Hay Library on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6 p.m., followed by a screening ofDefying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War at 8 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library. The exhibition will be on view through December 23, 2016 at the John Hay Library and is open to the public during hours when Special Collections Services are available. Admission is free. Please check the John Hay Library website for detailed information about hours.