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"Your speech has motivated me to stop all the hate in the world. I know this will be hard, but your speech has truly made a difference." JC
"My prayer is that you can continue for many years to touch peoples' lives, and each of them can pass it on so that we can reduce hate crimes." MS
"Your talk made me realize I do get rude to others and talk about others when I shouldn't. You also made me realize that we should appreciate everything we have." KP

Diversity in the News…

Coming together to help Moore tornado victims
Jewish and Muslim college students paint and pound nails for those in need. Learn more here.

Israel & Iran – A Love Story
When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: “Iranians … we [heart] you.” Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message — and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like “Israel loves Iran,” “Iran loves Israel” and even “Palestine loves Israel.” Read the story here.

Mining the Jewel of Black History Month
Planning for Black History Month can be authentic, without falling into the pitfalls of the “heroes and holidays.” Look for ways to involve the entire school community and teach about the history and experiences of African Americans across the curriculum and throughout the year. Learn more here.

Dr. King Opened Doors for Historic Presidency
The confluence of President Obama’s second inauguration and MLK Day is a fitting legacy and inspiration to continue making changes. Read more here.

Clarity Comes After Viewing of “Bully”
When a teacher accompanies her students to see the film Bully, she asks important questions about how adults in the school building handle the issue. Read the story here.

Intellectual Property
A description of Senate Bill 23 and how it would restrict access to knowledge resources from the United Nations. Read it here.

The UN & Property Rights
A 2-page fact sheet that challenges the underlying assumption of these measures. Read the fact sheet here.

The Value of UN Resources
A sampling of some of the ways in which knowledge resources from the UN help to benefit the health, safety, and cultural richness of all Oklahomans. Read it here.

OETA Features Arts in Oklahoma
OKA+ Executive Director, Jean Hendrickson discusses the benefits and power of art education. See the story here.

United Nations Charter
After 67 years, the United Nations is continuing to pursue the mission that is published for all the world to see in the UN Charter: “To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours….” Read more here.

Dr. Eboo Patel Will Speak in OKC in October

Eboo Patel is the founder of the Inter-Faith Youth Core “(I.Y.C.”), the Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. I.Y.C. capitalizes on the positive force of faith to bring young people of diverse backgrounds together and empower communities. See the story here.

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After hearing you speak, I saw the importance in being colorblind. It doesn't matter what race you are; it is WHO you are. ZA
"I now understand that how I treat people actually affects them. I will be sure to treat people differently now!" AS
"I will do my best to not bully others. Race shouldn't matter, and don't bully; that is the main thing you taught me." ZC
"Your story made me think differently about religions and people all together." BB