1). The sit-in movement was a civil rights movement that had a goal of ending racial segregation against African Americans. It emphasizes the "other" as people participating in the powerful movement do not want to be known as others, but rather have their society be equal. "African American college students walked up to a whites-only lunch counter at the local Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked for coffee. When service was refused, the students sat patiently" (Lines 6-9). The exhibits and shows how this was a peaceful protest, with one goal; to create an equalized society. Due to the fact that this was a peaceful movement, this battle for equality moved slowly. "Progress was slow indeed, but the wall between the races was gradually being eroded" (Lines 19-20). Even though movement and progress was slow, this peaceful protest reached new levels and greatly contributed to the stop of racial segregation. After long and tiring hours put in to peaceful protests, a change was finally seen, "slowly, but surely, restaurants throughout the South began to abandon their policies of segregation" (Lines 24-5). So, even though progress was slow a change significant change was seen. 2). This article is similar to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' as it involved peaceful actions to end racial segregation. When Tom Robinson was brutally imprisoned no-one tried to act out by creating riots or causing huge problems, but rather stating their opinions and what they believe is right in hope the word would catch on. This connects to the essential question "what does it take to take a stand?" as college students are risking their freedom to simply stand up for what they believe in, social equality. The article states "... the peaceful activists introduced a new tactic into their set of strategies" (Lines 6-7). These brave students believe to take a stand they must have a peaceful mindset with no violence in mind to truly make a point and argument. To take a stand takes courage and hope, which is everything these student brought to the table to end racial discrimination.
1). Maya Angelou's poem named "Equality" exemplifies that if she is able to gain equality, and she will also gain freedom. This poem emphasizes the other as Maya Angelou's poem talks about abolishing the word "other" so everyone is equal. Angelou said, "Equality, and I will be free" (Line 9). Maya Angelou wanted equality so that she could stop being restrained from having the same rights and freedom as others. This connects to othering as currently, she is the other. She does not have the same rights as others. However, she is choosing to stand up and change how that is. In her famous poem, 'Equality', she also says "take the blinders from your vision, take the padding from your ears, and confess you've heard me crying, and admit you've seen my tears" (Lines 1-4). Maya Angelou is just trying to prove and make a point that the society and world she lives in is prejudice. She explains in her poem that she is upset that she is the other, and how she wants to be the other no longer. 2). Maya Angelou's poem "Equality" recognizes that she and others similar to her will be free and obtain freedom when racial segregation ends and social equality arises. In "To Kill a Mockingbird" there was a sufficient amount of evidence to prove Tom Robinson innocent, yet the jury convicted him to be guilty. I connected this to line 9 of Angelou's poem, "Equality, and I will be free" (Line 9), as if Maycomb County had an equalized society, the jury would not have been prejudice, and convict Tom to be innocent.
1). Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed in and wanted the end of racial discrimination and the beginning of an equalized society. This piece exemplifies the "other" as when in December of 1955, "Rosa Parks quietly incited a revolution - by just sitting down" (Lines 1-2). Parks stresses the concept of otherness by simply making herself like everyone else and not acting like someone who is dissimilar. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man after a long day at work, " 'Are you going to stand up?' the driver demanded. Rosa Parks looked straight at him and said: 'No' " (Line 16). By this small action she greatly contributed to the beginning of the end of racial segregation. 2). This image connects to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' as in my mind Rosa Parks is very similar to Atticus Finch. Rosa Parks is a women who not only stood up for what she believed in, but tried to make others see how negligent the segregated society was. She is similar to Atticus as Atticus took on the trial of Tom Robinson, even though his society thought it was wrong. Overall, Rosa Parks ad Tom Robinson are both monumental figures as they tried to prove the erroneous and create an equalized society.
1). This picture depicts a scene from a protest led by Martin Luther King in the 1950s and 60s. This powerful picture is a group of people trying to tell the world they are equal and not "the others". By saying "I am a man" this brave group of people are taking a stand and saying that they are just like everyone else. They are saying they are not "the other" and instead they are simply humans, just like the rest of the world. 2). This picture connects to the "othering" in TKAM as there is a prejudice society between two races. In both TKAM and this image you can see African Americans and depict that they are merely trying to create an equalized society. Societies in this image and TKAM are unequal and therefore cause unfair actions, such as, Tom Robinson being wrongfully imprisoned due mainly to his race. This connects to the essential question "what does it take to take a stand" as people are taking a stand for their rights as a citizen of a society trying to become equal like everyone else. This takes courage and hope as people are risking their freedom to trying and end racial segregation.