I will make this brief because the video I am sharing with you today is more important than my words.
As you may be aware, I teach at NDSU. In one of my classes we have been discussing social epidemics and the ways to effectively spread messages. In light of the current division in the country, I challenged my students to create a unity message as a class using the current mannequin challenge trend. They had only a short period (about 15 minutes) at the end of one class period to decide on what message they wanted to convey and how they would do it and another class period to create the message. They had to work as a collective on this project.
I hoped that this challenge would accomplish a few things. First, I hoped that it would promulgate a dialogue about the way in which unity could and should be conveyed visually. Second, I hoped it would give them both the freedom and license to convey a message of their choosing in a way they saw fit. And third, I hoped it would remind them of the power they have to contribute to important dialogues.
This is what they created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q75nFEHpASo&feature=youtu.be
I think they did a great job! I am very proud of them.
Please watch and share their video far and wide to let them, and so many other young people like them, know that the future is theirs to shape.
Another day in the new forty – obla di obla da