Author Brought Global Perspective To Clark High School

Author Loung Ung spoke to Clark high school students last week (Photo credit: Jimmy Douglas)

CLARK — Author and activist Loung Ung spoke to a captive audience of Clark and Garwood students on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Arthur L. Johnson High School auditorium. Seniors and students in the Holocaust and Genocide course, AP U.S. History II, History Club members, and members of Amnesty International were invited to the presentation.

Ung is the author of “First They Killed My Father” and “Lucky Child.” Both books chronicle her childhood struggle to survive the Cambodian genocide as well as her eventual arrival and life in America. She has dedicated her adult life to promoting the message of equality, human rights, and justice. She is also actively involved as a spokesperson for A Campaign for a Landmine Free World.

Earlier this year, teachers Emily Mackin and Steve Hopkins sought grant funding from the Clark Education Fund to sponsor the assembly which was arranged in conjunction with the Holocaust and Genocide Department at Kean University, teacher Luke Truempy’s History Club, and ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco.

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