ADL Releases Imagine A World Without Hate® Educator’s Guide, Bringing Viral Video Into The Classroom

New York, NY, May 14, 2013 … In response to the remarkable success of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Imagine a World Without Hate video and awareness campaign, the League has announced the release of a companion educator’s guide for middle and high school classrooms.

The Imagine a World Without Hate Video Educator’s Guide was developed to bring the inspirational video, which imagines the contributions that victims of high-profile hate crimes might have made to society had their lives not been brutally cut short by racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism, into the classroom to facilitate middle and high school-aged youth in thinking about the impact of bullying, prejudice and hate.

The anti-bias curriculum activities, developed by ADL education professionals and the League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of notable public figures who were killed by hate violence - Martin Luther King, Jr., Anne Frank, Matthew Shepard and Daniel Pearl, among others - and to use their stories as an opportunity to reflect on how fighting hate and bigotry can change lives and history.

“The Imagine video has inspired millions around the world to stand up against hate, so the natural next step was to bring the message of this video into the classroom,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We can now equip not only the educators, but the students to be ambassadors in making the dream of imagining a world without hate a reality.”

The Imagine a World Without Hate campaign was conceived by ADL in partnership with the creative team at Publicis Kaplan Thaler in honor of the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding in 1913. It is one piece of a larger initiative to promote the League’s century of work as one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education, toward a more respectful and inclusive society throughout the organization’s centennial year in 2013 and beyond.

“Educators and students, who have seen the video and are inspired by its message, have already asked for a mechanism to bring this powerful tool into their schools,” said Mr. Foxman. “We hope that this educational initiative will have a lasting impact in attracting more people to join in learning how to respond to hate and foster schools and communities of respect.”

The curriculum is available at no cost to schools and may be downloaded at: www.adl.org/imagine-guide

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.