Before the 8th grade even left for the Civil Rights Trip, the French, Spanish, and Latin students did a combined three day unit that focused on immigrants in the United States who speak Spanish and French. These groups of individuals have faced struggles of their own. The purpose of the unit was to make connections between our language studies, and the upcoming trip. Then the Tuesday before the trip, the the 8th grade spent the entire day in an assembly format. This assembly day will served as a pre-cursor to the trip.
As part of the assembly day, the Middle School was proud to welcome Reverend Dr. Michael Neely Harris & his wife Mrs. Sylvia Harris, pastor of the famous Wheat Street Baptist Church here in Atlanta. Dr. and Mrs. Harris gave a first-hand account of their experiences as participants of the Civil Rights Movement during a 45 minute panel discussion. The panel discussion, moderated by Diversity Director Rick Holifield, took place first thing in the morning. After the speakers, the entire class was divided into four groups who participated in break-out sessions lead by 8th grade faculty members.
The sessions were as follows:
- Microaggressions = Kevin Coale & Rick Holifield
- Immigration = Edna-May Hermosillo, Holly Jiménez & Emily Camp
- Biographies = Pete Pope & Andrew Heacock
- Women = Jane Sibley & Katharine Norton
The sessions were followed by a movie and re-cap discussion.