Operation Understanding DC
WISH LIST: $120: admission for a student group to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum; $500: bus tour of Black and Jewish Washington history for 20 students; $1000: Civil Rights Journey's day in Selma, AL
Operation Understanding DC is about creating powerful ties – providing young African-American and Jewish leaders with the resources to eliminate racism and discrimination. Starting in their junior years, participants spend the first six months learning about each others' religion, history, and culture. Through introspection and interaction, experiential learning and time in each others’ homes, they build the trust necessary for true understanding. Participants also visit key sites – the balcony where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, New York’s Lower East Side – and meet with past and present civil rights trailblazers. Professional mediators conduct prejudice reduction workshops and train students to lead such workshops themselves. Through this process, participants come to embrace their roles as leaders who can initiate change. To date, 400 students and their families have participated and through their outreach efforts more than 45,000 students and adults have felt the inspiration. Winner of the 2009 GreatNonprofits' Youth Thrive Award and the 2008 King-Heschel Award for Outstanding Community Service, Civil Rights Advocacy and Community Building, OUDC finds its real reward when alumni join together to become effective ambassadors of diversity. This is a movement you can embrace too.
3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 335
Washington, DC 20008