29 Nov

In my 10th grade English class we’re reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Today we read about and discussed the Jim Crow laws that existed in the south as recently as the 1960’s to keep black and white people segregated. The laws were written to keep the races “separate but equal” but racial  segregation was anything but ‘equal’. Sometimes I wonder if students ever wonder why we’re focusing on a classic historical fiction novel set in 1930’s Alabama. But, I suggest that it has more relevance to us than they realize.

Have you ever heard of Africville? I hadn’t until a couple of years ago when Savanna did a school project on it. I challenged my students to google it. If you’ve never heard of it, click the link. If you’re from the East Coast, you’ll be shocked that this happened in our backyard.


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