Reexamine the case studies you selected. For each
case, challenge children to identify the adversity the actor knew
was present and had to be overcome. In some cases, you may have
to guess. The emphasis here is not just on identifying the adversity,
but what the actor knew and chose to address.
For example, Martin Luther King was determined to oppose racism
nonviolently. He was well-aware of the suffering of African Americans
and the harm racism caused our nation as a whole. He was also aware
of the danger he and his family faced because of his activism.
Emphasize in your discussion that our awareness is like a radar
screen. Some people walk through life ignoring opportunities for
showing courage either on their own behalf or on the behalf of others.
Why would someone do this? Why would someone ignore the bad things
that are happening to others around them?
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