Social Justice is demonstrated by heroes from across the globe in these featured films, art and stories. The quality of fair and just relations between the individual and society is at the core of the character trait of social justice. Meet remarkable heroes through these films, art and stories, and create a dialogue with your students on the importance of practicing social justice in our daily lives.
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Bryan Stevenson and Equal Justice Initiative litigate cases for the unjustly imprisoned and work to reform the justice system.
Bryan Stevenson has been recognized across the globe for the work that he has done to address poverty and racial inequality.
Bryan Stevenson is a public interest attorney who has dedicated his life to representing poor people and people of color who have received unjust treatment in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
Stories and Films Highlighting Those Fighting for Access to Education for All
Armene Modi provides bicycles to girls in rural Indian villages so they can continue their education.
Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.
In India, Educate Girls works to make education accessible to girls, mobilizing communities to help girls achieve their full potential.
Each of these films reflect on the plight of the featured individual illustrating the ongoing struggle for equal access and personal safety in various areas around the world.
Grace Lee Boggs is a 95-year-old Chinese American philosopher and activist and participated in a century's worth of social justice movements.
By boldly illustrating young women disguising themselves as young men, this PSA calls attention to the grave issue of women's safety and equal opportunity in India.
On August 24, 2019, a group of volunteer lawyers from Lawyers For Good Government walked across the border at Matamoros, Mexico, to help asylum seekers.
More than 2,600 kids were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald. What happened to those children?
Jessica is the founder of Video Volunteers (VV), a human rights media organization's impact on people from India's most marginalized communities.
Made in Madras is the story of an 18-year-old soccer player, Sangeetha, who lives on the streets of Madras (aka Chennai).
Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Peter Norman, who were part of the 1968 Olympic team in track and field, raised their fists during the US National Anthem in support of civil rights.
Clarence Darrow was a 20th century lawyer and member of the American Civil Liberties Union, known for his involvement in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial.
Maria Bashir is an Afghani prosecutor and advocate for women. Story is available in text with audio.
Black Lives Matter: Voices of Hope and Change: Recommended for Middle and High School Students
Use the multimedia resource showcase link to learn more about John Lewis who dedicated his life to advancing human rights and civil liberties.
Use the multimedia showcase link below to learn more about Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and human rights activist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
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