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Black History Month 2016, Sylvia Woods

February 26, 2016

Our final video for Black History Month is a piece by Sylvia Woods who describes how hard it is to speak out against racism and what happens when one does that. Woods was a a pioneer in the struggle of African-American and women trade unionists. Actress Jasmine Guy reads from a Sylvia Woods journal.


1. Sylvia's writing talks about her first experience speaking out against racism. What event stops her from singing the Star Spangled Banner?

2. What happens when Sylvia is found not to be singing with the rest of the class?

3. Would you consider Sylvia a heroine for standing up at 10 years old? Why or why not?