Developing A Life History Interview
One of the goals of both the National Park Service and the Neighborhood Story Project is to bring together older and younger people to share their experiences. When you take the time to sit down and learn from someone who is of a different age with different experiences, the teaching and the learning experiences go both ways. For this lesson, students will read Ray Lambert’s chapter where he discusses growing up before and after segregation with a young musician named Xavier Michel. After reading the chapter, students will have the opportunity to conduct an interview of their own and reflect on what they learned from an intergenerational dialogue.