‘My Mother’s Voice’ Still Teaching Teens


RACINE, Wis. — Last April Kay Mouradian was invited to screen her documentary, “My Mother’s Voice,” at St. Mesrob’s Apostolic Armenian church in Racine. “My Mother’s Voice,” is a moving account of the Armenian Genocide through the story of a teenage Armenian girl faced with unimaginable life-choices and brings an epic chapter in Armenian history to life.

Irene Nahabedian, a member of St. Mesrob’s Cultural Committee and a retired administrator from the Racine Unified District, read “My Mother’s Voice,” viewed the documentary based on the book, and knew her poignant story had educational value. Understanding the need for the Armenian Genocide to have its rightful place in history, Nahabedian gave the book and video to Racine’s director of curriculum and instruction, arranged for Mouradian to meet him and became the catalyst as the Racine Unified School District purchased the book and video for their history and English classes.  Students in Racine will learn about the Armenian genocide through my mother’s teenage struggle, a voice that speaks for all the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Here is one student response from an Azusa Unified Assembly in California

“I liked the documentary,” said Kassandra Silva, a seventh-grader at Ellington Middle School. “It was amazing because of the fact that she never gave up and showed that she was strong and independent. It made me feel inspired and really opened my eyes to the world.”

The tragic Armenian story must not be forgotten. If teachers are not teaching the Armenian genocide in their history classes it will fade away into history as if it had never happened. Then Talaat would have won.

Educators who may want to help “My Mother’s Voice” find its way into their school’s history classes can visit www.kaymouradian.com

Mouradian is professor emerita of education at Los Angeles Community Colleges.