Educational Activities

Student Tolerance Day, 1:00 p.m., Feb. 7 at Zebulon B. Vance High School – Students and teachers gathered to prepare for their dialogue with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo.

Dramatic interpretation of Speak Truth to Power, 1:00 p.m., Feb. 7 at Vance High School – Vance High School students performed a 15-minute play they developed  inspired by Ms. Kennedy Cuomo’s book Speak Truth to Power. The play commenced the  Student Tolerance Day activities.

High School Writing Competition (Deadline, Feb. 14) – Students were  invited to submit a 1,000-1,500-word essay on the question: “Why should people who aren’t directly affected by human rights abuses take action to address them?” Three prizes (First prize, $250; Second prize, $125; and Third prize, $50) were awarded on Wednesday, February 28th at Z.B. Vance High School. Read the first place winning entry here.


High School Art Competition (Deadline, Feb. 14) – Students were invited to create a piece of original artwork for The Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Project video documentary cover. The first place winner received a $250 prize to be awarded on Wednesday February 28th at Z.B. Vance High School. The winner’s artwork was featured on the cover of The Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Project video documentary.

Student Dialogue with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, 1 p.m., Feb. 28 at Vance High School – Over 600 students and teachers from 19 area schools attended the dialogue.

News Conference with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, 2:15 p.m., Feb. 28 at Vance High School – Media representatives were invited to participate in a question and answer session with Ms. Kennedy Cuomo.

Book Signing, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., February 28 at Borders Books and Music, 3900 Colony Road – Kerry Kennedy Cuomo appeared to sign her new book Speak Truth to Power, which profiles 51 human rights defenders.

Second Annual Echo Award Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 28 in Piedmont Ballroom at Hilton Charlotte & Towers, 222 E. 3rd Street- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo delivered the keynote address and Charlottean Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. was awarded the Echo Award Against Indifference.

The Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Project Video Documentary – Charlotte videographers collaborated to produce a documentary of the Student Dialogue and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo’s visit for distribution to high schools nationwide.

Curriculum Materials Available– Educational packets focusing on global human rights issues were available to area middle school and high school teachers.