Choosing Our Heroes
"In my country, Indigenous People, like my grandparents, live in villages that keep to themselves. I lost contact with them when my family moved to the city, so I did not learn their old stories. The city schools taught us that "Columbus discovered America" and that he helped the Indigenous People, who welcomed him and gave him presents.
Through this program, "CHOOSING OUR HEROES," I have discovered the truth. I am excited to learn about the governments, the beauty, and the sophistication of the Indigenous cultures that were here long before Columbus arrived. I now respect their hard-work and achievements, and I am sad to learn of their suffering.
Having all this new information on audio tapes makes it more easy to understand. And the historic maps and pictures in the Course Book make the material more clear.
In my opinion, it is very important for adults, teachers, and especially young people to know and pass-on what really happened in the past, rather than believing lies. Living in ignorance of the truth can paralyze people, make them stuck. But knowing the truth can inspire people and make them move and find ways to develop and progress."
-Liduvina Bustos,of Managua, Nicaragua, now living in Boston, MA, USA
"The information in the "CHOOSING OUR HEROES" tapes and Course Book is an important achievement in anti-racism, anti-oppression multicultural education.
This meticulously researched and authentic historical material presents difficult American truths in an honest and compassionate way that can bring people together."
-Kilpatrick Associates - A Diversity Services and Anti-Oppression Collaborative
in Massachusetts, founded by Jake Kilpatrick, MA, anti-opression educator; and Dakota Rowland, social justice activist. Jake and Dakota co-facilitated the "Anti-Racism Alternative to Columbus Day" in Boston MA on October 12th, 1996 and 1997.
"Using intriguing, revealing and sometimes amusing historic quotes from many perspectives, this presentation creates a convincing tapestry of 'American Truths.' Hopefully, your tapes will help broaden our narrow conventional perspective about history and about life in general."
-Bruce H. Price, MD, Chief of the Department of Neurology, McLean Hospital, Harvard University Medical School