Children First: A Living Lesson

By: Aisha Greer
By: Aisha Greer

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Reading about Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights struggle is one thing, but Grace King, principal of Kinterbish Junior High School in Cuba, Ala., decided to take the lesson a step further.

"I call it the Black Ribbon, White Ribbon Project." It's designed to make students stop and think about the past and help them understand segregation.

"We just randomly put black and white ribbons on the students and all of the teachers were involved," said King.

The teachers treated the black ribbon group differently from the white ribbon group.

"When they got to the lunchroom, the white ribbons ate there and the black ribbons had to go outside," King said.

It was a lesson learned for all.

"I felt really bad, but as I got into it, I realized about Dr. King and his struggle," said Jamarkus Crowell.

"I had real fun until I saw the black ribbons had to eat their lunch outside and I did not think it was right," said Jessica Drake.

For some, it was the first time they really put thought into what happened in the past.

"I never really thought about it and went home and talked to my mom and said, thank God for Dr. King," said Sharrnay Brooks.

"I'm hoping they realize, you don't know where you're going unless you know where you came from," said Mrs. King.


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