In the 1950s, segregation and ideas about “race” shaped the way Americans in all parts of the nation saw one another as well as the way they saw themselves.

As writer Jesus Colon discovered on a subway ride in New York City, those ideas also influenced the decisions people made about one another.

Produced for the Facing History and Ourselves traveling exhibitionChoosing to Participate (SOURCE)


VIEW QUESTIONSquestions for classroom discussion to help students connect the history presented in Facing History and Ourselves to their own lives and the choices they make everyday. (SOURCE:


IDEA from  Mrs. Tyler’s Movies and Music