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Teacher Lesson Return to "Black Like Me"
Black Like Me
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Black Students/White College?
In “Black Like Me” and related articles, Regina Haywood, an African-American student, describes why she wants to attend a Black college. She feels culturally isolated in her high school, which is predominantly Latino, and doesn’t want to be in the minority again in college. An accompanying article gets opinions on Black colleges from students and administrators.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:
• What do you think of Regina’s decision to attend a Black college?
• Regina doesn’t want to be a minority on her college campus. What factors are you considering in choosing a college? Is there a way you don’t want to be a minority on your campus? (Being a minority does not necessarily have to relate to race or ethnicity.)
• How important is it to be prepared to face a racially diverse world? What role does college play in this preparation?

Roleplay:
• Two teens, playing Regina and a friend. Regina wants to attend a Black college so she doesn’t feel like a minority. Regina’s friend believes that a Black college will not prepare Regina to succeed in a racially diverse world.
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(NYC-2000-12-22)