Re-Imagining Migration is proud to partner with We are America. Here is how the founders of the project describe their work:
We are eighteen students from Lowell High School, located in Lowell Massachusetts, working together with our teacher, Jessica Lander. During the 2018-2019 school year, we learned together with Ms. Lander in a course called the Seminar on American Diversity. Over the course of a semester, we set out to together define what we thought it meant to be American. We analyzed key laws and Supreme Court cases, studied famous movements and changemakers who fought for social justice, and also looked at our own personal histories and worked to set them within the larger framework of American history.
We wrote and edited two books of personal stories. Each of us shared a story of self that we thought helped to define and answer the question: What does it mean to be American? We published our stories in two books, We Are America and We Are America Too, recorded our stories, and put them up on a website we created. We wanted this project to help start a local conversation on identity and belonging.
We believe that this conversation is critical now and that we — young people who are the future of America — should have a role in defining what being American means to us. That is why we created the national project We Are America Project. Our goal is to help spark a new national conversation around what it means to be American, and we want that conversation to be led by our generation. We want to take what we started in our classroom in Lowell, Massachusetts and work to include the voices of more young people across our nation. We believe that we all have an important story to tell that needs to be heard.
The stories generated by the We are America project are wonderful resources for exploring these across the Re-Imagining Migration learning arc.
Here is a link to the stories they have collected about migration. That said, stories related to migration appear all across the collection. Take a listen.