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It gives you a greater sense of empathy, and it helps you see the thread that links us all. Myall: Why did you choose to have your main character, Justyce, write to King, specifically? As opposed to other historical figures? He has been sanitized and washed in respectability politics.

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He was a man of dignity, and he stood for what he believed in. People should find out who he really is and what he really did. King supported non-violent protest. However, you have people who now say that Black Lives Matter is wrong to march in the streets, and they say that Dr. King would be against football players kneeling to highlight injustice. King took the Edmund Pettus Bridge and shut it down in Selma. He marched in the streets. He was logical and a man of faith, but he was also radical when he needed to be.

I think if he were alive today, he would be on that field, kneeling with the football players.

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Myall: I agree. These protests are about trying to make our country greater, making it live up to the promise of equality for all. The negative backlash that players receive for exercising their constitutional right to protest is eerily similar to the backlash that civil rights heroes got for sitting at whites-only counters in restaurants and diners.

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If people took time to look at issues like police brutality, mass incarceration, and educational inequality, if they worked on finding solutions to those problems, there would be no need for people of color to be marching or kneeling. Stone: Nonviolent social change is deliberate. Looking at history and seeing what people are willing to put themselves through for the sake of equality is amazing.

I hope this book gives them that awareness. Others have hate so deeply entrenched in their hearts that it is truly sad. Some of us already know about racism, but all of us need to work on ourselves and work on loving each other more. I am brazenly optimistic, so I think that as long as people start thinking more and talking more, we will get closer to change and reaching true equality.

Myall: You once said that growing up black in this country sets you up with resilience if you grab ahold of it. What were the moments in your past that made you the most resilient? It sparks a discussion on affirmative action in the classroom. The white kid assumes he had better test scores than the black kid. That moment was plucked directly from my life.

There is no way you got a better grade than I did. See what I am capable of. Myall: Some people let situations like that dim their light. For you, that incident made you determined to burn brighter. However, the sad, ugly truth is that there are some statistics behind those assumptions. Lots of us live in poorer districts where schools are grossly underfunded. Some people even believe the test to be culturally biased. Did your book address these things? I think YA fiction has the power to change the world because it reaches young people while their views are still forming. There is a scene, in Dear Martin , where the character SJ Sarah-Jane talks about kids in low-income areas, with textbooks that are trash and teachers that are underpaid, fresh out of college, and leave in a year.

She speaks about educational inequality. A lot of kids in these failing schools have low self-esteem because they are expected to fail.

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Their anxiety creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. All of that affects test scores. But none of it has anything to do with their level of intelligence. Myall: Exactly. The school-to-prison pipeline in this country is very real. A child from a single parent home often has their only parent out of the house, working to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies.

Can you imagine how different our country would look if education was truly equal? It would be a game changer. Stone: It would be a world changer.

King started Morehouse as a teen, and look what he did with his education. Or the children we pass on the streets? Exodus And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Deuteronomy And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Nehemiah Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:.

Exodus And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him…. Luke And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering….

Acts And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Romans For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Still the Law made Moses' face shine so brightly the people of Israel could not look at it, even though it was a fading glory.


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Good News Translation The Law was carved in letters on stone tablets, and God's glory appeared when it was given. Even though the brightness on Moses' face was fading, it was so strong that the people of Israel could not keep their eyes fixed on him.

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Yet, it came with such glory that the people of Israel couldn't look at Moses' face. His face was shining with glory, even though that glory was fading. Exodus Then the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and stay here, so that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.

Exodus Then Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. Exodus And when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was unaware that his face had become radiant from speaking with the LORD.

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