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ERIC Number: EJ774714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Looking through the Eyes of Injustice: Integrating Poetry and African-American History
Pierce-Thomas, Cassandra
Multicultural Education, v14 n4 p2-6 Sum 2007
In this article, the author relates how she integrated poetry and African-American history in her lessons. She also relates how she uses the story of Emitt Tills to impart to her students the reality of racism and injustice. Emitt Tills was a black 14-year-old boy from Chicago who lived during 1950s. He was killed with a bullet wound and was pulled from the Tallahatchie River after he allegedly flirted with a white store owner. Tills' killers, Roy Bryant, the owner of the store, and J. W. Milam, his brother-in-law, were found not guilty of the crime. The author, who believed that poetry is a soul's song to the world, relates how she made her students write reflection pieces expressing what they learned from the stories of hatred and abuse of African Americans. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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