A Personal Touch

Scholarship Entrant: Juline from Traverse City, MI
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Juline: 17

If I could make a living as a television producer and screen writer, I would use my ability to show stories as a way to educate people of the history that takes place inside their country, that isn’t always a world war. First, I would travel the United States throughout the south to collect interviews of those who participated in the Civil Rights movement. These stories would be combined to create a mini-series, highlighting the history of African Americans in the United States. When people think of Black History month, minds automatically jump to slavery, I do not believe that is fair and I do not believe those are the only events we should be trying to atone for. After filming the interviews and connecting personal stories with events, I would develop a script to tell a more connected and historically representative story. The story would highlight the continued persecution of African American populations in the United States and would educate people on a more personal recollection of events instead of traditional textbook learning. All interviews would hopefully end up on a website, I wish to develop called America’s History: A Personal Touch, which would include stories told by ordinary people about less talked about historical events. Other stories I would include in my history through interviews would be Vietnam, Kennedy’s assassination, Korea, the Cuban Missile crisis and the Detroit Riots. All these events are discussed in schools but this personal touch would clarify national feelings at the time.

Vote for Juline: 17

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