JSU Alum featured in Time Magazine with ‘the world’s most downloaded educational video games’
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Alun Felisa Ford of Jackson State University was recently awarded a feature in Time Magazine for her project and «one of the most downloaded educational games», «Good Trouble».
“Good Trouble”, an extension of the educational version of Minecraft, is a video game with civil rights designed to educate the user about the history of social justice and civil rights, and was named after a sentence from the late US Representative John Lewis.
Ford realized her passion for social justice as an undergraduate while studying at JSU, where she majored in political science.
Ford was able to combine her interests in social justice and technology to invent the video game. She felt it was necessary for children to be further educated in social justice after George Floyd’s death.
She stated that “this was an opportunity to bring social justice into a platform that children could understand and receive.” Ford wanted students to know that “we can all look different, but we all give value, we all have stories to tell, and we all have words.”
Felicia Ford worked closely with Microsoft to “design a video game that educates children about how the social justice movement shaped the world,” according to University Communications.
The game is designed to guide students through periods in the history of social justice movements. Ford stated that she and the Minecraft team believed teachers could be equipped with the tools to respond to students who are curious about social justice and have a conversation about it.
“Good Trouble” has collected over 3 million downloads since May 2021, reflecting the need for more recognition of social justice.
“Based on the number of downloads we’ve had globally, it just tells us that there is a need for content like this and that people are receptive to it,” Ford said. “Our hope was that the students would be able to open their minds and gain empathy and understanding for others.”
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