November 24th, 2014.
HW for Wednesday 26th
Read the text ‘Little Rock Nine Crisis’ + find vocab and be ready for teamwork!
UNIT 2 – THE COLOR LINE
>> The role of women in the struggle for equality.
HW – CO. NPR Claudette Colvin, the other Rosa Parks.
- She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger 9 months before Rosa Parks.
Compared to Rosa Parks?
- They both challenged the segregation laws.
- They were both African American women in Montgomery, Alabama in the South of the US.
- Claudette Colvin was only 15 / a teenager whereas R. P was 26 / a young woman.
- Rosa Parks is more famous than Claudette Colvin because Claudette Colvin got pregnant so the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) refused to use her image.
- She was inspired by Harriet Tubman (who was a runaway slave in the Underground Railway ) and Sojourner Truth who was a former slave and became an abolitionist. Both were women fighting for the Black cause / because they also stood up / fought for their rights.
- NAACP needed to choose a respectable woman as a symbol for their cause. They were manipulating / orchestrating their media strategy in order to be successful.
- Black people couldn’t try on clothes because white people during segregation thought black people were not clean / pure. They assumed they were dirty.
- Philip Hoose is an American writer / historian who wanted to write about Claudette because:
- he knew about segregation / he did some research
- he wanted Claudette to become as famous as Rosa Parks
- It reveals that Rosa Parks wasn’t the only woman to refuse to give up her seat / who stood up for her rights. In fact there were many women who took part in the struggle for equality, some of them are ‘unsung’ or ‘unexpected’ (oubliées ou inattendues).
Whereas = tandis que
CO – Correction / NPR – One of the Little Rock Nine Looks Back!
Little Rock = city in Arkansas in the US.
Little Rock High School = former / previously white-only school.
The ‘Little Rock Nine’ = first 9 Black students to attend Little Rock High School in the town of Little Rock in Arkansas.
1- KEY WORDS
- infer the meaning from the title (inférence / devinette). What do you expect?
- focus on stressed words
Type of doc & voices > report / interview 1 presenter / 1 reporter 1 governor 1 old woman
WHEN 1957 – September 4th – 50 years ago
WHERE Arkansas – high school
WHO Elizabeth – 65 – Black – White – governor – guard – demonstrators – 9 Black students
WHAT racial – segregation – integration – attend school – outside – turned away
2 – DETAILS
- Get organized
- Focus on more difficult words or info.
About Elizabeth? White clothes – sunglasses – outside … – nightmare
About the people? White students – governor – good order – peace in the community
About the context? Desegregation – recording – E’s account 50 years after the event
About the anecdote? Elizabeth was supposed to go with the group but there was confusion and she took a city bus alone so she was stopped / turned away by the guard and ‘subsequently followed by angry demonstrators’
3- COHERENCE AND MORE
- reconstruct the chronology / logic of events
radio show > context given by presenter > Alex / journalist & reporter is going to talk about 1 of the 9 students > recording of Arkansas governor / bad quality > interview of Elizabeth > journalist’s comments
- WHY ? HOW? WHAT FOR?
- Find the people’s reactions > feelings / intentions
Elizabeth is moved / sad / it’s difficult for her to tell about what happened
The governor wanted peace but he sparkled an emergency situation. The guard was here to protect the Black students but in the end they turned Elizabeth away.
The radio show is celebration the 50 anniversary of this event, 50 years later in a special ‘desegregation series’.