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50s, 60s, Civil Rights, Art, & More

In preparation for To Kill a Mockingbird, I thought having this conversation would be beneficial to students.

Amy E. Counts

on 2 May 2013

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Transcript of 50s, 60s, Civil Rights, Art, & More

VISUAL METAPHOR Faith Ringold Installation of the items left behind by those fleeing the authorities on the border of Mexico and the United States. THEME FOR ENGLISH B

By Langston Hughes

The instructor said,
Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you---
Then, it will be true.
I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill above Harlem.
I am the only colored student in my class.
The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem
through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,
Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,
the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator
up to my room, sit down, and write this page:
It's not easy to know what is true for you or me
at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I'm what
I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you:
hear you, hear me---we two---you, me, talk on this page.
(I hear New York too.) Me---who?
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I like a pipe for a Christmas present,
or records---Bessie, bop, or Bach.
I guess being colored doesn't make me NOT like
the same things other folks like who are other races.
So will my page be colored that I write?
Being me, it will not be white.
But it will be
a part of you, instructor.
You are white---
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That's American.
Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me.
Nor do I often want to be a part of you.
But we are, that's true!
As I learn from you,
I guess you learn from me---
although you're older---and white---
and somewhat more free.

This is my page for English B. I, Too by Langston Hughes I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America. respond . . . 1950s contradictions & 60s Mad Men, season 3 Examine the subtleties (verbal and nonverbal) Observations? Interpret based on observations. artists respond to injustice Harlem Renaissance Contemporary Art How much have we changed? Examine the images below. Select a pair and describe what each of them depicts. Imagine these images were in an art gallery and you had to explain why they were together to some viewers. What would you say? Visual Journey theme? imagery? tone? designed by amy counts
for educational use only What do we see?
How does that shape what we think? A Further Look CBS, 2010 from all time periods Write a caption for this picture.
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