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My students were talking about this lesson for days!
After a short unit on Harlem Renaissance literature, I allow my students to hear the awesome voices of modern day African American inspirational individuals such as Bill Cosby!
As a class, we read Bill Cosby’s speech at the NAACP for the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education.
The lesson includes a 9 PowerPoint slide, a transcript of Bill Cosby’s speech, and questions for students to further analyze the speech to allow for a whole class discussion.
In Bill’s Cosby’s controversial speech, he directs his audience’s attention to the problems now affecting many American schools and communities.
Cosby speaks about sensitive issues such as teen parenting, high school dropouts, the lack of parental involvement, and many other relevant issues that many individuals are too afraid to speak about…but not Bill Cosby!
I blatantly tell students that they should not become offended, as Bill Cosby gets “real” with his audience!
Bill Cosby bravely discusses topics most people consider but will never verbalize to anyone else!
Bill Cosby does!
I explain to students that he is not pointing a finger at a single race; rather, all individuals and students.
Furthermore, Bill Cosby does not mean to offend anyone and has a desire to see all individuals succeed.
Cosby's purpose in this speech is to broach topics that are significant to all students as the outcome of poorly made decisions can negatively affect a person's future.
I was able to have a sincere conversation with my students regarding these sensitive issues and the solutions that are available.
The students enjoyed the lesson as Cosby has a humorous manner in anything he says and the class discussion that allowed them to verbalize opinions they shared on the topics Cosby discussed.