I did the research online, and now it's been such an eye opening experience, I plan to take a new country and research its history, present and past, in order to become more aware of my history.
So I'd like to recommend this as something people can do: commit themselves to looking at documentaries and nonfiction movies and then following up on it studying about the issues, the people of that country. Then when some charity or organization needs help, people will be more aware of what they're giving to and why.
Thanks for the wonderful suggestion, Sandra! I saw Hotel Rwanda last night, and I understand your inspiration to learn more. It is truly an excellent film.
So next time you see an interesting film, or read a good book, or hear some engaging music, take the next step and learn more about the situations presented. For example,
* If you see Hotel Rwanda, learn more about the Crisis in Sudan and prevent another genocide and help those who are suffering now.
* If you see Ray, learn more about how artists like Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis contributed to the Civil Rights Movement in the US. These folks are wonderful reminders that we all can serve.
* If you see Million Dollar Baby, learn more about end of life planning and care, including living wills, advance directives, hospice, and palliative care. This is important for you and for those you love.
Art can be a wonderful guide to educating yourself about the things that interest you. Happy learning!