April 24th is annually honored as a day of recognition for the Armenian genocide – the date on which Armenian leaders, writers, and intellectuals were taken from their homes in a meticulously organized beginning to what would become the genocide itself.
“Two Voices” is one of those poems and includes this series of questions:…do I think of my grandmotherat Ellis Island,or as an orphan in an Armenian village?
We hope this reminder to find common experiences in the human condition can both build compassion and curiosity in honoring and learning about the histories of others.
Do I awake thinking of my family’s struggle for a dollaror do I awake thinking of the struggleof a manto carry their whole family?
To learn more about the Armenian genocide, explore our resource book or consider this curated unit plan for California educators which integrates both the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust.

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