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A presentation by the Toronto District School Board’s African Heritage Committee, Jewish Heritage Committee, Liberation75, USC Shoah Foundation, and Peel District School Board.

Student Panel

Student participants in this program (Grades 6-12) explore how stories create the possibility to learn about ourselves and others, and how we can affect change right now.

Surprise Guest Host

Anthony Anderson

Lead Actor, Black-ish

Surprise Guest Host

DeSean Jackson

American Football Wide Receiver

Dr. Stephen D. Smith
Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation

Special Guest
Max Eisen
Toronto Holocaust Survivor, author of the award-winning By Chance Alone

Special Guest
Joe Wilson Jr
Author of The 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion in World War II, Son of Joe Wilson Sr, a member of the 761st Tank Battalion

Special Guest
John L. Withers II
Author of Balm in Gilead, former UN Ambassador to Albania and 
Son of Lieutenant John L. Withers, a WWII soldier who befriended and saved two Jewish Holocaust Survivors

The 761st Tank Battalion was the first all African-American Tank Battalion in World War II. They were instrumental in helping defeat the Nazis as well as liberating several concentration camps. Holocaust survivor Max Eisen was in one of the camps they liberated. 

Our world has seen an increase in Anti-Black racism and Antisemitism. This conversation will help us consider what we have learned from history and witnesses to genocide, and reflect on how that knowledge can help us take action to counteract hate.  

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