A presentation offered throughout one county makes it possible to have students learn about the civil rights era by first hand accounts.
Speakers working in collaboration with One Book,Many Voices are speaking to groups of students at elementary schools in Rome, Georgia about what it was like to live during the time of Martin Luther King Jr and the changes of the 1960s.
One Book, Many Voices selected “Voices From the March” by George Ella Lyon as the basis for the writing contest. The book is written in verse, and recounts the perspective of six characters who attended the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
For the writing contest, students were asked to conduct an interview with someone who remembers the march. They then could write an essay about the march or share the story with readers. In Rome, the committee asked locals to share their experiences with students.
One of the presenters is Esther Vaughn, who shared pictures contributed by another local activist and a sit in video from the 1960s shared by the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum.
“Things were happening all over the south, then,” she said. “Things you cannot imagine.”