Desegregation of Baltimore City Schools
Baltimore City youth share personal accounts of the desegregation of Baltimore City Schools. These narratives provide a glimpse into both local and national education movements as well as the interviewees’ perspectives of breaking social barriers and traversing the status quo.
Tips for using this module in your classroom
Reflect on the following statement by Dr. Patricia Welch: “I was first introduced to there is another world that is different than my own comfortable world.”
Documentary Clip 1
- Speculate how would it feel to know that you were selected or not selected to go to an integrated school?
- Why do you think Ms. Evelyn J. Chatmon described herself as a “bridge”?
- Ms. Evelyn J. Chatmon makes reference to “speaking truth to power.” What do you think this phrase means?
Documentary Clip 2
- In your opinion, are stereotypes real?
- Why did Dr. Patricia Welch's teachers think she was not as smart as other students?
- Ms. Treopia Washington Green's references her brother Ernest. Who was he and why was his experience significant in Little Rock, Arkansas? How is this similar or different to the accounts in Baltimore ?
- Dr. Walter Arthur Harris Gill describes a particular demographic group who protested the most during school desegregation. Who does he reference and what climate did they evoke for the students integrating Poly?
- Reflect on Dr. Patricia Welch’s realization “That I was first introduced to there is another world that is different than my own comfortable world.”
Have you ever had a similar experience or witnessed a similar experience?
Supplemental Enrichment Activites
Brown v. Board of Education
from The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
from the Library of Congress with primary sources relating to Brown v. Board of Education, including photographs, documents and more.
An interactive timeline created by Wide Angle Youth Media documenting school desegreation and segregation in Maryland.