Then and Now
Over sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision, there are still evidences of social unrest today. In this module, participants provide personal reflections regarding the relationship between past and present issues.
Tips for using this module in your classroom
As a society, can we make progress if we don’t reconcile what happened in history?
- Why do you think Mr. Louis S. Diggs believes the Baltimore protests of 2015 could have happened in the 1930s?
- Do you agree with Mr. Louis S. Diggs that students today "don’t really know their history"?
- When Dr. Patricia Welch said, “I’m not going anywhere,” who do you think she was talking to? What do you think she meant by this statement?
Supplemental Enrichment Activites
- As a society, can we make progress if we don’t reconcile what happened in history?
- Do you believe the United States has made “progress?” In your opinion, what ways has the U.S. demonstrated progress? In your opinion, what are areas that still need attention?
In the Maryland Humanities’ podcast Humanities Connection on WYPR Baltimore Life Under Jim Crow
, it is said one needs to know “where we are today, how we got here, where we need to go, and the possibilities moving forward.” What do you think this means?
Consider a personal narrative from Voices of Baltimore: Life under Segregation
and relate it as an example to the four points in the statement above.
"And Still I Rise"
At the end of the documentary, Dr. Patricia Welch mentions Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem, which describes the importance of exhibiting resiliency in the
presence of opposition.
Encourage students to review the poem
and make connections to Dr. Welch’s comments.