In this virtual discussion via Zoom, Robin will be reading from and discussing her new book, Righting Wrongs: 20 Human Rights Heroes Around the World. She will be joined by moderator (and daughter), Frances Starn, Civic Literacy teacher at Hillside High School.
Many young people aren’t aware that determined individuals created the rights we now take for granted. Their stories of hope and hard work show how people working together can change the world for the better.
The idea of human rights is relatively recent, coming out of a post–World War II effort to draw nations together and prevent or lessen suffering. Righting Wrongs introduces children to the true stories of 20 real people who invented and fought for these ideas. Without them, many of the rights we take for granted would not exist.
These heroes have promoted women’s, disabled, and civil rights; action on climate change; and the rights of refugees. These advocates are American, Sierra Leonean, Norwegian, and Argentinian. Eleven are women. Two identified as queer. Twelve are people of color. One campaigned for rights as a disabled person. Two identify as Indigenous. Two are Muslim and two are Hindu, and others range from atheist to devout Christian. There are two journalists, one general, three lawyers, one Episcopal priest, one torture victim, and one Holocaust survivor.
Robin Kirk is a human rights educator, advocate, and children’s author. She is a faculty codirector of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, and served as a senior human rights researcher for Human Rights Watch. Her fiction and other writing includes The Bond sci-fi trilogy. Her award-winning short stories and essays have been featured in a variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written articles for major media outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, and Sojourners.
Praise for Righting Wrongs
“Righting Wrongs comes to us as a gift in troubling times. Just when things seem hopeless it reminds us that individuals as different as a nurse, a scientist, a musician-poet, a lawyer, a teacher, and a business owner can start a movement or organization that can make a difference in the world."—Charles P. Henry, Professor Emeritus at UC–Berkeley
"In Righting Wrongs, Robin Kirk offers a youth an opportunity to do what youth does best; look at problems, propose solutions and take action." —Catherine Coleman Flowers, environmental justice leader
"I love me some Robin Kirk. She's got the inside dope on how every single person in the world has the power to make a positive difference." —Dorothy Thomas, women's rights activist and founder of the Human Rights Watch Women's Rights Division