10th grade students explored the topics of the American dream, civil rights movement and segregation on a field trip.
Report by Sarah, Naila, Zoe; Class 10b
On Tuesday, January 17, the two 10th grade classes took an excursion to San Francisco with their English teachers, Ms. Schneberg and Mr. Lentzen, in order to understand the topic of the American dream, civil rights movement and segregation in the 20th century. The classes have been working in-depth with the play A Raisin in the Sun during class time and have come to understand what kind of challenges African Americans had during this particular time period, and how this affected society as a whole.
In San Francisco, the two classes visited the Message to the Future exhibit by Danny Lyon at the De Young Museum and watched the movie Hidden Figures. Even though the students were learning about the fact that it was more difficult for African Americans to achieve the American dream during this time period, they were still shocked to see the truth about the violence and fighting for progress in the photographs at the art exhibition. Not all photographs were of the civil rights movement. There were many of people just doing their everyday chores, however deep inside, you could see a message conveyed in which daily struggles were particularly highlighted. The most inspiring aspect was that Danny Lyon's mission was not focused on portraying the fact that these citizens needed help, but more so the cultural and ethnical background and the different stages of their endeavors. After the impacting museum visit, the two classes made their way to the cinema in San Francisco, where they watched the movie Hidden Figures. This movie, which is based on a true story, was particularly interesting, as it portrayed three African American women who worked for NASA in 1961, in a time where segregation of black populations was not only prevalent, but the work of African American women in these certain fields was undermined as well. Throughout the movie, these women overcame large hurdles such as issues of segregation and sexism, but they never gave up.
At the end, the students were uplifted, talking about the moral: no matter what your social position is and even though your personal struggles might be huge, you must never stop believing in yourself and following your dreams and passions. Even those who have disadvantages have shown it's not impossible to achieve their goals if they are determined to overcome their fears and challenges.
The students would like to thank their teachers Ms. Schneberg and Mr. Lentzen for making this enriching field trip possible.