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To Kill A Mockingbird Curation Project

By: David McSweeney

CommonLit | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America

CommonLit | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America

Paragraph 1: This person changed the way white people look at negroes forever, period. This man went by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King “inspired many people. He brought about changes that are important to everyone in the United States” (Radner). He used a different way of changing things through a method called non-violent protest. He got to people and inspired people with speeches and books. The one speech that was the most memorable was his speech I Have A Dream. His speech was about how his young negro kids were excluded from the same schools as white people, and once again, he, his wife, and his kids are all being prejudged because of their skin color, and Dr. King changed that forever.

Paragraph 2: Once again, Dr. King’s situation relates to Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, as Martin Luther King, Tom Robinson, and many other characters are being prejudged because of their race. Robinson was thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and Martin Luther King couldn’t lay a finger on the door to a whites-only place, or else he’d be arrested. Although Robinson was the only one arrested, King was a close second to being arrested. King was the only one out of these two men to stand up for themselves, and negroes in general. In conclusion, this article about Martin Luther King Jr. relates to Tom Robinson in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

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CommonLit | How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball

CommonLit | How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball

Paragraph 1: In 1919, one of the most memorable baseball players to ever live was born. Jackie Robinson was the first ever negro to play in Major League Baseball. However, he did have some tough times dealing with racism back in his day. “In 1938, while still at junior college, he was arrested after disputing the police’s detention of one of his black friends” (McBirney). In this situation, once again, a negro was arrested for something that he didn’t do illegally today. When the United States went into WWII, he signed up to be in the army, however, “.... his military career was marred by racial problems” (McBirney). This implies that Robinson could not fight for his country because of the color of his skin.

Paragraph 2: This article directly relates to the novel To Kill A Mockingbird because, both Tom Robinson and Jackie Robinson were both prejudged because of their race. However, Tom and Jackie Robinson’s arrests didn’t have a similar outcome. Tom Robinson was accused of rape, and Jackie Robinson was accused of arguing with a police officer to defend his friend. Tom later died, while Jackie became one of the most memorable baseball players ever. Even though the two men did not get a similar outcome with their arrests, they were still both prejudged because of the color of their skin.

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Jewish Women Ceramicists from Germany after 1933  - Google Arts & Culture

Jewish Women Ceramicists from Germany after 1933 - Google Arts & Culture

Paragraph 1: In this situation, the women creating this art were being othered because they were not valued as much as men were during this timeframe. However, in the early 20th Century, while some artists in Germany were finally finding acceptance, many were still sidelined to the realm of applied arts. They escaped Germany to work in an environment where they and their work can be more appreciated. “Some immigrants were able to make a living in Palestine in the late 1930’s by decorating household ceramics” (Heymann). “The work and approach of the German immigrant ceramicists stood in sharp contrast to local, ceramic production in Palestine” (Heymann). This article sums up a situation in the 1930’s, where Jewish women were not valued as highly as men as of their artwork.

Paragraph 2: This situation relates to the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird because the women are being othered, as much as Tom Robinson, as he was prejudiced because of his race, while these women are being prejudiced because of their religion. Even though Tom Robinson and the Jewish women at the time were not being prejudiced for the same reason, it is still not the best reason to prejudge someone. The Jewish women were judged prematurely because their artwork was not valued as highly as men's artwork. This can relate to To Kill A Mockingbird because colored people were not valued as highly as white people.

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