While they were in Washington, D.C., the Freedom Fighters—all 150 of them—held hands and recited lines from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. They walked where he walked, and the experience moved them. After that, one of Ms. Gruwell’s students suggested that since they walked where the Freedom Riders walked, their next stop should be Anne Frank’s attic, the place where their journey began. While many cheered the idea, Ms. G was still trying to ensure that the D.C. trip was a smooth one. So much planning was involved and so many things could go wrong that planning another trip, especially at that moment, seemed like a daunting task. Her strategy was to...
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