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Democracy Distilled – an Infographic on Voting Rights produced by eLocal

Source: Democracy DistilledbyeLocalLawyers.com

In honor of Inauguration Day, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the folks at eLocal produced an interesting, evocative Infographic video about the history of voting rights in this country.  It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when even white men were restricted from the ballot box–the ones who were poor, that is.  The video follows how far we have come in the 237 years since independence, showing progress by state and demographic group.

This is a great resource for the classroom to show the big picture of American democracy, and to discuss where we need to go in the future.

Enjoy, and make sure to watch the Inauguration on Monday…even if you voted for the other guy.  The process of government is what makes us great, not the people in it.

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Mr. D is on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this Morning for MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This week, I joined a panel of educators from New York City to discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday for NPR’s local NY affiliate WNYC 93.9FM.  We spoke about teaching ideas, challenges and struggles of teaching about Dr. King in schools today.  It first aired on Morning Edition as a local segment.  The segment is linked here:


The first audio piece was broadcast on WNYC’s Morning Edition, and a shorter version will be broadcast live on All Things Considered this afternoon (4-6pm)

 The second two audio clips are extra material from the interviews that add some depth to the broadcast piece–which was severely truncated.

It was a fun, informative and feisty session.  I hope I did the Neighborhood proud.


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