School Speakers List
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Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County, Education Committee school speakers:
Holocaust survivor – she hid from the Nazis in an attic for 2 years, story similar to Anne Frank’s. She and her daughter share her story of survival.
Holocaust survivors – a couple who escaped Germany before the horrors really took hold, the wife as part of the orphan resettlement to England. They give a detailed history of that time and the events that led up to it.
Dutch Resistance worker during WWII – her father was sent to a prison camp when the Nazis occupied Holland. She and her mother nearly starved, yet they still decided to hide a Jewish girl in their home, at great risk to their own lives. (book)
Japanese Internment survivor – was sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona with his family during WWII. He shares his story and also gives the history of AAPI prejudice.
Lost Boy of Sudan – survived the horrors of the civil war in Sudan in the nineties. His story was documented in a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. His American sponsor can join him to tell the story of his arrival in the U.S. (2 books)
Sudanese refugee – survived the lead-up to war in Sudan, then worked to resettle other refugees, through the International Refugee Committee.
Burundian refugees – cousins who recently fled Burundi, where a clash between the Hutu and Tutsi is currently brewing, like that in Rwanda in the nineties.
Chumash/Titavian elder – local tribal leader and historian. (book)
Actor/film writer on race and ethnicity – currently works with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to promote diversity in the film industry. She tours the country performing a one-woman play about racial identity. She can perform her play or do a presentation on racial issues.