Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010

Today started by having the kids choose a piece a paper.  One said “Colored” and the other said “White” (to use language from the time).  For the next 2 hours, Avy was “colored” and had to use the “Colored Only Water”  (from the tap), and the “Colored Only Toilet” (the downstairs cold one).

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Asher being “white” got to use the cold water from the fridge and the warm bathroom.  I then gave each of the kids the same job to do – clean a toilet.  The “white” person received more money for the job.  They later used that money to buy lunch.  By that time, the kids had switched who they were and Asher had to eat at the “Colored Diner” (the kitchen) while Avy ate in the “Whites Only Diner” (the dining room).

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Yes, I think this is probably how they felt too.

After a few minutes we called an end to our experience and invited him to eat with us.  We also watched a video about MLKJ and segregation and started the book “Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice”, which coincidentally was just named a Newberry Honor book this morning.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:59:13

    This is a great idea! I love it.

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