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40 Years Later

Now Can We Talk? DVD and Discussion Guide

Lee Anne Bell Markie Hancock

24 pages
Teachers College Press
This resource offers a powerful way to engage students, teachers, and community groups in honest dialogue about the ongoing problems of racism and what we can do to address them. The film tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the White high school in Batesville, Mississippi, in 1967–69. A provocative and moving conversation emerges from separate discussions with African American alumni, White alumni, and a third dialogue that brings the two groups face-to-face . The 45-minute DVD and Discussion Guide can be used to fruitfully explore several issues and related themes, including the impact of desegregation on both students of color and White students, racial bullying, the impact on victims, the responsibility of bystanders, and the role adults play in perpetuating or interrupting racial microaggressions that negatively impact students of color. This dynamic resource: Provides a powerful tool for training school and community leaders to understand racism and promote policies and practices that are inclusive of all members. Personalizes the study of the Civil Rights movement, grounding it in the stories of ordinary people who lived through those tumultuous years. Offers a springboard for reflecting on the failure to achieve integration goals since Brown vs. Board of Education. Includes a Discussion Guide organized across themes with selected questions to help facilitators frame conversations around the learning needs of their particular group.
Author Bio
Lee Anne Bell is professor of education and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College, Columbia University.