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Keeping the Struggle Alive

Studying Desegregation in Our Town, A Guide to Doing Oral History

Bernadette T. Anand Michelle Fine Tiffany Perkins David S. Surrey

Teachers College Press
When students in a New Jersey public middle school decided to learn about their community’s history of desegregation through a unique language arts and social studies project, no one imagined how powerful the experience would be for everyone involved. In addition to digging up newspaper articles and historical documents, the students conducted lively interviews with townspeople who participated in the struggle to desegregate schools up North. They soon learned how everyday people became activists, how a bus could symbolize political struggle, and how the fight for full integration is never over. This hands-on volume: Offers a curriculum guide for teaching oral history that can be adapted to any classroom or community. Shows teachers how to perform social action projects that involve youth in the complex issues concerning race relations and integration. Demonstrates the kind of real learning that takes place when school projects are designed by, with, and for young people.
Author Bio
Bernadette Anand serves on the faculty of Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Michelle Fine is Professor of Social Psychology at CUNY, The Graduate Center. Tiffany Perkins is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Social-Personality Psychology program at the City University of New York Graduate School. David S. Surrey is Professor of Urban Studies and Sociology at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ.