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Eric Howard Wexler, a native of New York City, New York, is a junior undergraduate at The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Wexler decided to come to The Johns Hopkins University because of its strong reputation in the academic field of International Studies. As an International Studies major, Mr. Wexler has had the opportunity to learn about the countries, politics, and cultures of people all across the world. He believes that there is a great need for increasing understanding between different cultures, and the first step to accomplishing that goal lies in learning about those people that are different from oneself.  During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Mr. Wexler worked at The Simon Wiesenthal Center in New York City, New York. The Wiesenthal Center is an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and confronting prejudice in all of its forms, whether it be racism or anti-Semitism. During his time at The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mr. Wexler conducted extensive research on the activities of hate groups operating in the United States, and helped write a pamphlet on the results of his findings which was distributed to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Mr. Wexler feels very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work on The History of African-Americans at The Johns Hopkins Institutions project. In addition to his interest in social justice, Mr. Wexler has a strong interest in journalism and filmmaking. Documenting on film the contributions of Dr. Levi Watkins to The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions was not only a privilege, but fit in very well with his interests in all of these areas.

Christopher M. Sacchetti, a native of Rockland, Massachusetts, is a senior undergraduate at The Johns Hopkins University. As a Writing Seminars major, Mr. Sacchetti has spent the past two years tutoring English and Creative Writing to Baltimore inner-city students at the Community Learning For Life Center, where he has witnessed firsthand the detrimental impact of racism and discrimination on Baltimore City youth. Mr. Sacchetti hopes that this documentary will inspire students, of all ages, to pursue their dreams in spite of the obstacles they may face. It is his desire to bridge the gap between The Johns Hopkins University and the city of Baltimore. He is interested in making society aware of the faith and optimism that have both motivated and inspired minorities to take a stand against injustice and inequality. Recognizing that social justice is the key to solving an ever-widening gap between rich and poor, Mr. Sacchetti is interested in giving back to communities which resemble his own. While working for The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of Justice, and Massachusetts Congressman William D. Delahunt, Mr.Sacchetti has come to understand the positive impact that an involved federal government can have on people's lives. It is this sense of civic pride that has motivated Mr. Sacchetti to pursue a career in law and public service and become an advocate for social change.

Adam Lovett is currently a junior at The Johns Hopkins University, majoring in History and minoring in Jewish Studies. He has a passion for law and plans on going to law school upon graduating from college. Mr. Lovett's Jewish background is also an Extremely important aspect of his life. He is an active member of the Jewish fraternity on campus, Alpha Epsilon Pi. He is also the head of the Jewish community service organization on campus, Tzedek, which means social justice in Hebrew. In line with his commitment to social justice, Mr. Lovett was attracted to The History of African-Americans at The Johns Hopkins Institutions project as an opportunity to shed light on members of his community whose contributions have often been neglected. He was additionally interested in joining the project because of the opportunity it gave him to participate in an oral history project. As Mr. Lovett had hoped, working on The History of African-Americans at The Johns Hopkins Institutions project has givenhim invaluable research experience, adding to the skills he has acquired as a Historymajor at The Johns Hopkins University.

 



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