Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until Oct. 15, is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of new Americans. In this short video, high school students in Los Angeles embark on a project to help change the perception of new immigrants in their community. In their campaign “Don’t drop the I-bomb” they hope to remove the negative connotation of the word “illegal” and create a more equal and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Discuss: What particular actions of the students do you believe were the most effective? Do you think the actions of these students will create a more positive view of immigrants in their community? Why or why not? What are other ways people can work together to create a more positive atmosphere for recent immigrants? This video features Facing History and Ourselves teachers at Animo Jackie Robinson High School.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Light in the Darkness is on PBS’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming lineup, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Check your local TV listings for broadcast times, but also consider bringing the film home to your community. Nearly 200 communities nationwide have come together to watch Light in the Darkness and discuss issues relevant to their communities. Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful opportunity to discuss the safety and inclusion of new immigrants to your town. When you host a screening, you also get access to our comprehensive Screening Kit, that includes a planning and discussion guide as well as press materials to get the word out. Sign up for a screening today. Preview the opening of Light in the Darkness, featuring narrator Alfre Woodard. Sign up for a screening today.
Mark your calendars: “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” is one of the encore programs featured in PBS’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming lineup, which runs from September 15 to October 15. (Check your local listings for “Light in the Darkness” airtimes.)