Storyteller Susan O’Halloran weaves three short true stories of her life growing up in Chicago in the 1960s. The three short stories offered here—“Davy Crockett,” “Us vs. Them,” and “The Dr. King March”—all explore Susan’s experience growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s when the relationship between blacks and whites in the United States were tense and changing quickly.
The three short stories offered here—“Davy Crockett,” “Us vs. Them,” and “The Dr. King March”—all explore Susan’s experience growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s when the relationship between blacks and whites in the United States were tense and changing quickly. After generations of legal and de facto separation and oppression, African Americans, often joined by people of other races, were working for equal rights. During that time, the country saw peaceful marches and violent clashes; people were inspired by the courage and vision of leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., while others were angry and fearful at how quickly society seemed to be changing.
This unit comes with a teacher Guide, Text of stories & audio-download of stories as well as student activities.
- To expose students to the experience of a white person conflicted about race and racism.
- To examine how messages about race and difference are spread implicitly and explicitly.
- To give students the opportunity to share and analyze the messages they have received about race and difference.
By the end of this lesson, each student will:
- Be familiar with the tension around race, racism, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s
- Understand the complexity of trying to think differently than one’s family and culture.
- Respond to the issues and themes of the story
- Relate their own experience to the story
The following MP3 tracks are story excerpts for use with the A White Girl Looks At Race lesson plan. Please note that these excerpts are protected by copyright and are exclusively for educational use.
Excerpt #1 — Davy Crocket – 2:27 minutes
Excerpt #2 — Us vs. Them — 7:58 minutes
Excerpt #3 — The Dr. King March — 10:07 minutes
About Storyteller Susan O’Halloran
Susan O’Halloran is a noted Storyteller, Diversity Consultant and educator. These three stories are part of a longer story written and told by Sue O’Halloran called “Dividing Lines”. Susan is available for storytelling and lectures with schools, faculties and a variety of adult groups. Full information go to : www.SusanO’Halloran.com