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For Our Lives: Parkland

This one minute video from attn: (a media company founded by Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno that focuses on social justice issues, and production of short and viral videos for social media) serves as a trailer to the Freeform documentary “For Our Lives: Parkland” that aired on April 30th 2018. The video starts with a brief history of student activism. It mentions: Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond’s Woolworth’s Whites Only Lunch Counter Sit In that began in February 1960 and spread throughout the country; the East L.A. walkouts/Chicano Blowouts of 1968 that worked to address the inequality of Los Angeles Unified School District’s education system, whose many organizers went on to be involved in the 1970 Chicano Moratorium; and the college anti-war protests of the 1960s and 1970s. Within this context the host asks the viewer “What’s next for you?” and then goes on to say “the most important thing you can do right now is to register to vote,” and direct viewers to a website.

discussion

What history of young people does this video present?

What stereotypes about young people does this history counter? Where do you think this stereotype comes from?

What is the ultimate purpose of the video, and what forms of media are used to help fulfill the video’s aims?

Do you agree with the end statement that “the most important thing you can do right now is to register to vote”?