National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change

MEDIA CONTACT:

Will Jones
(513) 333-7558
wjones@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts
Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change
Program brings educators in the community together
for a dialog on progressive learning, September 6
CINCINNATI, OH (August 17, 2018) –The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5 - 8:00 p.m. with featured speaker, Erin Gruwell. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.

Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change is a program that allow educators, students, parents and community leaders to come together to engage in topics pertaining to the field of education for the new school year. Erin Gruwell is a teacher, author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, she transformed her students’ lives and encourages them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures.

“With the start of the new academic year, we are thrilled to welcome Ms. Gruwell along with educators and parents in the community to build stronger relationships for the benefit of our youth,” says Tara Riley, Special Projects Officer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “By sharing her perspective, our guests will be further inspired to engage and interact with the learning community.”

Gruwell and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. She founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Gruwell created the Freedom Writers Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.

Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change will be Thursday, September 6, from 5 – 8:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org

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