Violet Sutton-Lawson. On December 3, 2009, South Philadelphia High School exploded in racial violence. Violet Sutton-Lawson, an African-American community liaison officer, repeatedly risked her life to protect the Asian students. She was the only staff member to do so.
Wei Chen. Wei was one of dozens of Asian students who were attacked during a day-long series of assaults by fellow students at South Philadelphia High School. Using civil disobedience and coalition building, Wei changed the climate of fear and violence at South Philly and forced the school system and the city to examine the way it looked at Asian immigrants.
Balbir Singh Sodhi. On September 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered outside of his gas station in Mesa, Arizona by a man who wanted to kill a Muslim in retaliation for September 11. He selected Balbir because he had a beard and wore a turban. However Balbir was not a Muslim, but a Sikh.
Tammy Aaberg. In July 2010, Tammy Aaberg’s fifteen year-old son, Justin, committed suicide. Only after his death did Tammy learn that Justin had been the target of bullying because he was Gay. Determined to prevent this from happening to another child, Tammy has become an advocate against bullying and school policies which fail to protect LGBT students.
Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, a Muslim-American who had wanted to be a soldier since he was ten, was killed in Iraq in 2007 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Kareem Khan, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart wanted nothing more than to show America that a Muslim would fight to protect our nation.
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