By Storyteller LYN FORD
Empathy grows from sharing stories; this story was shared to encourage others to know, to understand, and to remember. This is a personal journey tale from Lyn’s childhood living next door to a Holocaust survivor and, then, her adolescent small but mature steps into the greater Civil Rights Movement.
- Ignorance can lead to misinterpretation of a story. As a child, Lyn misunderstood the meaning of numbers printed on skin. Discuss how stereotypes are misinterpretations based on superficial concepts.
- Fences aren’t always made of wood; walls aren’t always made of brick or stone. What fences separate your community, your neighborhood, or your heart from others who, superficially, seem “different”? What’s the first step you can take to get beyond those fences?
- Letter from Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963. Available to read at www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/letterfrombirminghamjail.htm.
- Survivor Stories at Holocaust Learning, holocaustlearning.org/survivors.
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.
- African American/Black History
- Civil Rights Movement
- Crossing Cultures
- Education and Life Lessons
- Family and Childhood
- Jewish Americans/Jews
- Stereotypes and Discrimination
- Taking A Stand and Peacemaking