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Alameda County History Day Weekend  March 19-20, 2010

Celebrating Everyday Heroes in History

A Special Evening Honoring Claudette Colvin

Friday, March 19, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th Street, Oakland – get your tickets here: $15 adults/$5 youth

Ms. Claudette Colvin in conversation with Enid Lee
Book signing to follow

Special Introduction by Dr. Clayborne Carson
Cultural Performances: North Oakland Community Charter School &Awele Makeba
First Youth Empowerment Award: Facing History and Ourselves!

Claudette Colvin hailed from Alabama, and in 1955, at the age of 15, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person, in violation of local law. Her arrest preceded that of Rosa Parks' by nine months. The following year she became the star witness in the federal case, Browder v. Gayle, that desegregated the Montgomery buses.

"Young people think Rosa Parks just sat down on a bus and ended segregation, but that wasn't the case at all," Ms. Colvin said in an interview with author Philip Hoose. "Maybe by telling my story - something I was afraid to do for a long time - kids will have a better understanding about what the civil rights movement was about."

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or in cash at the door.  You can also send your payment by check to History Day c/o ACOE Communications Office, 313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544. If you have additional questions you can contact us at 670-4151.



History Day Competition

         Saturday, March 20, 12noon - 3:30pm
           Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th Street, Oakland – free and open to the public


12:00 - 2:00pm:      Viewing of Student Projects
  2:00 - 3:00pm:      Cultural Performances: Linda Tillery and Cultural Heritage Choir & Awele Makeba
  3:00 - 3:30pm:      Awards presented by Ms. Claudette Colvin
             3:30pm:      Presentation of First Annual Claudette Colvin Award

Over 200 students are preparing approximately 100 projects, in 9 county school districts and several private schools. Student projects include documentary films, dramatic performances, websites, papers and museum exhibits, addressing the annual theme of  “Innovation in History: Impact and Change”. The Colvin Award focuses on historical examples of “youth challenging injustice”.

The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, participants are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.

For more information on History Day please contact Avi Black via email at or by phone at 510.670.4239
History Day is proud to be part of the 10-year anniversary of Art IS Education ~

Please find the history day flyer attached below.