Everyone had a good night’s sleep. Some people had a bit less sleep because Rabbi Amanda woke Ben and Malachi too early. She claims her i-pad alarm didn’t change to Central Time! (They were very kind and understanding!)
After tefillah, we spent some time working on our location projects with partners from other schools.
Our first speaker of the day was Dr. Martha Bouyer. She talked about civil rights stuff. She talked about her life when she was young. One story was about when she couldn’t see the movie, The Shaggy Dog, because of segregation in the movie theaters. Toward the end of the program, Dr. Bouyer took out a rope. She asked some of us to be on one side with more of the rope and on the other side the piece of rope was shorter. The long side was showing all the different ways that African Americans were being oppressed. The main person on the long side was Bull Connor to represent the white power. The short side of the rope represented how little power African Americans had. The Children’s Crusade really changed people’s ideas, including their own parents who had been meetings on Mondays but had not been able to protest. Once the photos and videos showing the dog attacks and the fire hoses were seen all around the country, the public became angry about it and the President felt forced to get involved. She demonstrated this to show us how much the people who were hurting African Americans eventually changed because of the American public.
After that, we watched a movie that the Birmingham school made last year called ‘Names Not Numbers’ based on Holocaust survivor names and stories rather than the numbers on their arms. The students here learned a lot about survivors but also about how to use film equipment effectively.
We had lunch and recess. Lunch was not the favorite since the brisket was made “southern style” with a lot of smoky taste and smell. (Don’t worry, everyone has eaten well and alternative choices are offered at every meal.)
Then we went by coach bus to the Holocaust Education Center. The photography and art display showed some of the people that were in the video we saw in the morning. The tiles in the entrance were really interesting and were made by kids in Alabama.
We then took a bus to Kelly Ingram Park where we learned about the Anne Frank Memorial Tree. One of our favorite statues was of the dogs jumping out of walls attacking the child protesters. It was showing the terrible violence that happened to the young protesters. We liked the architecture of it although not what it stands for, the deep meaning of it. Another statue was representing the jail and how the children were so brave to stay there to protest. We took a group photo through the bars. The jail fit with the poem we read this morning called ‘Girl Without Bail.’
Zohar, Ben, Dani, Morah Marcy, Rabbi Amanda, Ed, Julie and the rest of the 6th grade