A Diary of Segregation

1943_Colored_Waiting_Room_SignYou are an African-American teenager living in the South during the 1950’s. Segregation is very much embedded in the American mindset. Write a diary entry that describes what is happening around you in your everyday life. Write what you are reading in the newspapers, listening to on the radio, or watching on television that pertains to segregation. Write your entry in the comments section below. Your entry is to be a minimum of  150 words. Begin your entry with the traditional “Dear Diary,” and be sure to write the date of when you are writing the entry (i.e., December 5, 1957). Keep in mind the historical accuracy of the date from which you are writing from and the chronology of the events that occurred in the 1950’s. (So for example, you would not write about Brown v. Board of Education if your entry was dated June 12, 1952). Below are a few questions to help get you started:

What are the everyday struggles you encounter?

What do you see about your daily life that differs from white teenagers?

What are your thoughts on “separate-but-equal”? How equal is it?

What are some of the major events/people/topics that are attracting media attention?

What changes would you like to see take place concerning racial segregation?


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