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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Local activists added to national exhibition

By Jacqueline Trescott

Left to right: Zainab Al-Suwaij, Mary Beth Tinker, Earl O. Strimple and Tina Frundt. (Rinze van Brug)

When "Choosing to Participate," a national traveling show about the struggle for justice and citizen participation, opens in Washington next week, some local names will be added to its honor roll.

The exhibition, organized by the Facing History and Ourselves organization, examines activism by individuals and groups that either demonstrate an act of courage or some measure of compassion. The story of the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in 1957 is well-known but other stories are given a deserved spotlight.

On a five-city tour, the organizers are bringing the show to the Historical Society of Washington from February 17 to June 17. It has been on the road since 1998 and adds local citizens in a special installation at each stop.

The 19 local individuals and groups, called "Upstanders" included are:

Zainab Al-Suwaij, co-founder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress;
Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of Courtney's House;
Maria Gomez, founder of Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care;
Charlotte Grzebien, co-founder Circle of HOPE;
Darell Hammond, founder, KaBOOM!;
Mark Hanis, co-founder, Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition;
Donald Hense, co-founder, Friendship Public Charter Schools;
M. Charito Kruvant, co-founder, Creative Associates International Inc.;
Amy Lazarus, executive director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network;
Elizabeth Lodal, retired educator and principal;
Jerry A. McCoy, librarian and archivist;
Layli Miller-Muro, founder, Tahirih Justice Center;
Beth Reese, founder, The Reading Connection;
Rev. Donald Robinson, president, Beacon House;
Sitar Arts Center Volunteers;
Students of South Lakes High School;
Dr. Earl O. Strimple, founder, People Animal Love;
Mary Beth Tinker, educator;
Karin Walser, founder, Horton's Kids

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 10, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Washington exhibitions  | Tags:  Choosing to Participate, Facing History and Ourselves, Historical Society of Washington, Washington leaders  
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