I am sorry but I never was able to get this month book but I know some of you have read it so please feel free to answer any and all of these questions. I do plan on read this book one day as so as I can get a copy of it.
Ella Mae remembers how “in those days, there were plenty of other students who didn’t live with their biological parents. They were taken in by relatives or neighbors. There was no court to take care of it” (p. 14). Would the informal network that Ella Mae remembers work today? What, if anything, has changed?
As a member of the choir at Fisk, Ella Mae encountered “some people who didn’t want to sing these ‘slave songs’” (p. 23). Discuss arguments both for and against preserving these cultural reminders.
During Ella Mae’s time at Fisk, she and many of her fellow students participated in a boycott to protest the restrictive regulations placed upon them by the white college president. Was the victory over the Fisk administration worth the loss of education the students suffered? In retrospect, did they have an alternative?
hat role should the historically black universities play in today’s post-integrated world? If you were a black high school student today, where would you want to go to college, and why?
Do you know anyone like Ella Mae within your own community? If so, what lessons have you learned from him or her?
f you live to be one hundred and six, what is the one thing for which you’d most like to be remembered?
For most of Ella Mae’s life, she never imagined that a black man could be elected President of the United States. What is something now considered unlikely or impossible that you would like to see change within your lifetime?
Ella Mae advises us to “use your mind and goodwill. I don’t believe in reparations, for the same reason I don’t believe in ‘giving back,’ as in squaring an equation. Acting with compassion is its own reward” (p. 160). Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
“I don’t call myself white. I could pass sometimes, though. A lot of people did it. It was not necessarily honest, but we had to get past a government that was keeping us down” (p. 166). Was passing an act of subversion? What would you have done in her situation?
Have you read any of the books that Ella Mae mentions? If so, can you see how they helped to shape her beliefs?