Power and Race in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Young people respond to literature and simulations around discrimination in 1933 Mississippi, through the Newberry winning novel by Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. They determine the importance of family, ownership, and community in socializing children and helping others through hard times. They analyze the effects of discrimination on community capital and self-worth.
Using award-winning literature, the learners describe and analyze racism in Mississippi during the Great Depression. The readers identify the injustices in the community as well as the values and self-respect that build community relationships and strength.
We observe how power and privilege are used to keep African American families oppressed even after they were freed from slavery.