Help me give my students an awareness and understanding of the powerful, painful history of enslavement, lynching, mass incarceration, and racial injustice prevalent in our state and country in the 20th century.
I teach at a public, fully-residential high school for academically gifted sophomores, juniors and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. My students come from all across the state of Alabama, and from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school was established to identify, challenge, and train our state’s future leaders. We have created a culture where learning comes first and preparation for successful matriculation in college is paramount.
Experiential learning is a hallmark of our educational curriculum.
Through the field trip to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, this process of intersecting knowledge with real world constructs will help our students understand how the history of racial inequality and economic injustice has created continuing challenges both for our State and for all Americans.
Our students know a great deal about the history of their country and their state. The majority of them, however, have not been exposed to the racial terrorism that has taken place during the last 100 years.
We will take the entire student body, faculty, and staff to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama for an educational exploration of America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy.
Our students will confront the mass atrocities and violence that have occurred in our history and the correlation to racial violence occurring now.
Prior to the trip, students will hear Bryan Stevenson speak locally, and will discuss his book Just Mercy in their English and History classes.
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