Clark recruiting new teachers and training them at the Highlander Center, Citizenship Schools steadily expand across the isolated Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina & Georgia.
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Started by Esau Jenkins on Johns Island, SC, in 1954 with the assistance of and a $1500 loan from the , Citizenship Schools initially focus on teaching adults to read so they can pass the voter-registration .
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Years later, after more than a decade of hard brutal struggle, Hartman Turnbow, the courageous local leader in Holmes County Mississippi, said of the Citizenship School teachers:
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In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is avirtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. . . Theobligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and tobear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Churchreminds us, "It is necessary that all participate, each according to hisposition and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent inthe dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part inpublic life" (nos. 1913-1915).
--Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call toPolitical Responsibility (no. 13)
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For people who are old enoughand who are citizens, voting is a very important part of making their voicesheard. But all Catholics, no matter who they are, are called to be faithfuldisciples who are active community members. This is part of being a goodCatholic. The bishops say (write quote on newsprint or blackboard or projectit on a PowerPoint slide):
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Visit these websites to see how other schools have helped their students to become active citizens. Could you do something similar at your school?
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Although not everyone can be a member of the SRC or a school leader, effective class or home group meetings can give all students the opportunity to be active citizens and become involved. Class meetings can have an impact on the wider school by supporting the Student Representative Council (SRC) or other leadership programs.