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New York Times interview with Toni Morrison on her new novel, A Mercy: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2008/11/28/books/1194834031847/a-conversation-with-toni-morrison.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT: Complete this task by the end of the unit by clicking on the "Discussion" tab at the top of this page. Here we go again! This time, the attached article will really get you going. Respond to the story in a well written, well composed paragraph. Remember, take a position, support it, and wrap it up. Generally, the best are at least 11 sentences in length and incorporate quotes from the article and/or the novel. In this case, it would be wise to do that...Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/business/media/12dismiss.html?_r=1&sq=Don%20Imus%20Nappy%20Headed%20Hoes&st=cse&scp=4&pagewanted=print If you would like to see/hear the context of Mr. Imus's comments, there is a YouTube link at the bottom of this page; remember that you may not be able to access this at school, so click away from home or from the public library.

Deadlines Handout:

1977 interview with the author:

Article, "Bench of Slavery at Slavery's Gate": http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/arts/design/28benc.html?pagewanted=print

Archive of Toni Morrison-related articles: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/toni_morrison/index.html

Discussion Questions:

Vocabulary Project:

Thematic Activity Directions:

African-American Lives 2 clip: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/

Billie Holiday Short Film "Strange Fruit"


"African-American Lives 2" clip: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/

"Unspeakable Things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in American Literature" by Toni Morrison:


Link to hear/see Mr. Imus's comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team:


"Precious" film article in the October 25, 2009, edition of The New York Times Magazine.
"The Audacity of 'Precious'"

Interview (video) with director and producer of "Precious", Lee Daniels:
"Screen Test: Lee Daniels"

NPR story:
"Black Book" Captures African-American Experience: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121289328