Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Rigoberta Menchu, Susan B. Anthony, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Winston Churchill will be cast in stone, side by side, in a new bronze sculpture, “Remember Them,” to be installed in downtown Oakland.
And, as soon as it’s completed, every Oakland high school student will study the “lives and lessons” of these human rights leaders in a mandatory curriculum designed by the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Mario Chiodo, an Oakland artist, chose 25 people to feature in the installment. He is donating his time for the Oakland Chamber of Commerce Foundation project and some art students will have a chance to work with him on the piece, according to the “Remember Them” Web site.
Tomorrow, the Oakland Rotary is donating $40,000 to the educational aspect.
Which major historical figures are typically studied in Oakland schools? Are there certain leaders who are studied in fifth grade, and others in sixth grade, or are some of the more well known figures — such as Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. — taught every year?
It seems like it would be difficult to choose which leaders to study, since there are so many. Which do you think deserve more exposure?
images from the Remember Them Web site