There's an article worth reading in Teaching Tolerance. It's an interview with Minnijean Brown Trickey
, one of the Little Rock NIne.
The article connects to some valuable resources for use in class. It ends with these discussion questions:
"* Trickey shares that she's experienced racism as both condescension and hatred. Define racism. How does it affect your life, and the lives of others?
* In what ways does racism remain a problem in U.S. schools?
* Trickey states that the rules of segregation were simply understood. Are there unstated rules at your school that isolate and unfairly affect certain groups?
* The Little Rock Nine made history by becoming the first African Americans to attend Central High. What boundaries have you crossed at school or in your community? How did it feel? How did others react?
* If Trickey visited your school today, and compared your school experience to her school experience, what changes in attitudes and opportunities would she discover? What hasn't changed? In your school, does kindness balance out the bad?
* Trickey's service as an activist and educator has earned her numerous awards. Imagine you are receiving a social justice award fifty years from now. What earned you the award? What inspired you to make a difference?"
Would you like to post an answer to any of these discussion questions? Are there any overcoming prejudice
references you find particularly useful?