A Black Woman’s Strength During Civil RightsPosted by Trésor Kayumba
The 5th grade social studies class has continued to approach American History with a deliberate interest in understanding the depth of events in order to enrich our understanding of modern society. At the beginning of Women’s History month and the ending of Black History month, the class had an opportunity to listen to Mrs. Nina Sells’ experience during the Civil Rights period. Mrs. Sells spoke candidly to scholars about growing up in the South during segregation and the effects of Jim Crow laws.
Students found inspiration in her conviction that love and compassion truly is the hallmark to ending discrimination. Mrs. Nina and her college friends were inspired and mentored by comedian and civil rights activist, Dick Gregory.
Ezra shared his thoughts on the event, “It was educational and usually we read about events in history from textbooks but this time we got to hear it and speak to someone who actually experienced it. It offered new depth. It allowed us to understand that actual people had experienced this, people you might know. In this case, a classmate’s grandmother.”
Marianela stated, “I found it very powerful, and it was important for her to tell her story and she was comfortable with our questions and honest.” This was an invaluable experience for all!
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