The Birmingham Pledge

During the break-out sessions the day before the trip, Mrs. Camp, Mrs. Hermosillo, and Mrs. Jiménez wrapped up the immigration unit that all language students had been working on. We watched a short clip watching an American deli-counter worker being discriminated by a patron for his religion. After the video, students reflected on how they would react if they saw that situation. To end the session, Mrs. Hermosillo talked to the students about the Birmingham Pledge.

The Birmingham Pledge is an oath aimed at eliminating racial prejudice. Jim Rotch developed the idea in 1997, and it has since evolved into a non-profit organization, the Birmingham Pledge Foundation. This organization focuses on building alliances between neighborhoods, with a focus on teens. A Birmingham Pledge mural covers the east side of the Birmingham Police Headquarters building on 1st Avenue North.

This morning, Pace students walked from the 16th Street Baptist Church to the site of the mural. We were so excited to see that the actual mural looks just like the mural we created on the 8th grade hall. When we decided to do the hands for our Tuesday session, we had no idea what the actual mural looked like. So far, this trip has been an amazing adventure with very special connections made.

– Holly Jiménez

Pace Mural

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Mural in Birmingham

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