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An Unfulfilled Dream?

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Activity 4
WB p. 96

An Unfulfilled Dream?

Group 1

Like a King

Well Martin’s dream
Has become Rodney’s worst Nightmare
Can’t walk the streets
To them we are fair game
Our lives don’t mean a thing

Like a king, like a king, like a king
Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King
Like a king, like a king, like a king
How I wish you could help us Dr. King

Make sure it’s filmed
Shown on national T.V.
They’ll have no mercy
A legal lynch mob
Like the days strung up from the tree
The L.A.P.D.

Like A King, Ben Harper, 1992.

Words and Music by Benjamin Charles Harper
Copyright (c) 1994 BMG Gold Songs and Innocent Criminal
All Rights Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.
Reproduced with Permission of Hal Leonard Europe Limited.

Group 2

Sister Rosa

A bus driver said, “Lady, you got to get up
‘Cause a white person wants that seat”
But Miss Rosa said, “No, not no more
I’m gonna sit here and rest my feet”

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks [...]

The people of Montgomery sat down to talk
It was decided all God’s children should walk
Until segregation was brought to its knees
And we obtain freedom and equality, yeah

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks [...]

Sister Rosa, The Neville Brothers, 1989.

Group 3

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

Beloved, Toni Morrison, 1987.
Still I Rise
You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Still I Rise, Maya Angelou, 1978.

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You are in charge of one document, or one group of documents.

Pick out the proper nouns and say what you know about the people mentioned. Go online if necessary.

Rephrase in your own words the difficulties these people had to face.
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates.

What do these documents highlight about Black History and ongoing issues?

To what extent can art be used as a tool to fight for a cause?
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On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

Tweeting About Protest

Let’s use what you have learnt in and !

Find another silent gesture or set of lyrics that echoes these messages in denouncing inequality. Write a Twitter thread to express your feelings and reaction. Add a dedicated hashtag to your tweets.

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