Imagine how powerful it will be for your child to talk face to face with someone who actually remembers what it was like to live in a racially segregated America. Your child will have an opportunity to collect valuable, first-hand accounts of life as an African American during a time of racial strife and the Civil Rights Movement. This meaningful activity can be done in honor of Black History Month and will definitely make a lasting impression on your child.
Whether or not your child is a member of her school’s newspaper reporting staff, she can be a reporter for a day as she talks with someone in her community about their experiences. She may simply need a copy of a real newspaper for inspiration and as a formatting guide. This activity is a great way to build your child's speaking and interviewing skills—important skills to have for the future—and will also give her great essay writing and critical thinking practice.
What You Need:
- Tape recorder
- Digital camera
- List of interview questions
- Someone in the community to profile
- Access to a computer with Microsoft Word or Power Point
- Local newspaper (optional)