Children First: A Read on Racism

Fifth graders at Northeast Middle School have been reading a book about racism.

''Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'' is the story of a black family in the 1930s, facing poverty and segregation.

Teacher Lindsey Williamson had students act out some of the scenes from the book.

"It teaches citizenship and respect for others, and that everybody is important in their own way. Everybody should know how important they are and how well it is to get along with others," Williamson said.

Apparently, the message has reached students.

"I liked the book because it taught me a lot about racism, and it taught me about how white people treated colored people differently," said Paige, one of Williamson's students.

"I thought it was a good book," said another student, Jordan Martin. "I think it taught you a lot about racism and how much you're worth."

"I just taught the students how it's important that we get along no matter who we are or what we look on the outside," Williamson said.