In order to be strong and powerful, you have to know who you are first."
Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development at Marvel Entertainment, shared the thought above with students and educators at the 2016 celebration of Upstanders from Facing History Los Angeles Partnership Schools. On stage, Amanat shared how inspired she was by the students, who she credited with being further along than she was at their age by already making a difference. The students were inspired by Sana to find their own voice and continue contributing to a more diverse and compassionate world.
Our Upstander Celebration amplifies the efforts of young people who make a difference in our communities by speaking up on behalf of others and standing up to injustices of all sizes. Facing History students learn that everyday choices have power and that anyone can become a villain or a hero. We challenge students to write their own stories and define for themselves what a hero looks like.