Notes from Heather Varda, MS LA/SS Teacher

HeatherVardaThe 5th and 6th graders had an opportunity to attend a dual field trip to the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Center for the Arts to experience a historical perspective of the Civil Rights era in Louisville. The students learned about Cassius Clay’s victories as a champion fighter who used his notoriety and conscience to help raise awareness of the injustice of segregation during the 1950s and 1960s. The Stage One play about Cassius Clay, And in This Corner!, at the Kentucky Center for the Arts was impressively engaging, artfully tackling the discrimination Muhammad Ali faced growing up in Louisville as a young boxer and Olympic athlete. It provided a wonderful real-life visual to enhance understanding of Muhammad Ali’s life, and his motivation to lead a life dedicated to changing people’s minds about race, and, later, religious intolerances found all over the world today. Overall, the students were impressed with the play and museum and learned interesting facts about the Civil Rights movement apart from Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali’s) life.

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