Q: Where does History UnErased’s story begin? How did the organization get started?
A: History UnErased’s founders, Deb Fowler and Miriam Morgenstern, witnessed first-hand how visibility and representation in the content they taught in their classrooms of new immigrant and refugee students have an immediate and lasting impact, as students deepened their connection to what they were learning while also developing a sense of belonging and respect for each other.
While teaching, Deb produced two documentary films, Hard Truth, Levity, and Hope (2011) and Through Gay Eyes (2013) to promote awareness of students and families who are ignored, marginalized, or excluded within the public school system.
Through Gay Eyes was a spark plug to found the organization, as the voices of students, teachers, parents, and community members, independent of each other, spoke to the dire need to bring LGBTQIA+ visibility and representation into the mainstream curriculum.