Embracing Black History Month through literature

MASON CITY, Iowa – In our continuing coverage of Black History Month, we meet one area teacher sharing a special book with her class.

Mason City students in Deneen Nelson’s ninth grade class are reading the book “A Raisin in the Sun” as part of their lesson plan during Black History Month.

She says although the book is fictional, it’s a great way for students to embrace similarities in their lives with those of the past.

“As long as race as a barrier to opportunity the work of the movement is in complete. So we want to try to work with students to help recognize that injustice that took place but also to embrace the diversity that came from it,” said Nelson.

The book portrays weeks in the life of an African American family living in the South Side of Chicago back in the 1950’s.

“It’s really been a journey for some of them to not only see that this didn’t happen very long ago but to really say and look at what actually took place. Even though it’s a fictional text it still represents a very real reality for many people,” said Nelson.

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