Students Respond to Civil Rights Exhibit Tonight at the Menil

Posted May 19, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Dan Budnik photograph, The Menil Collection

WITS invites you to The Watchful Eye Reading, at 7PM tonight at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Writers in the Schools (WITS) has developed a unique program (initiated with the support of The Menil Collection in 1989) in which students visiting the museum write poetry and prose inspired by the work on view. WITS is one of many community nonprofits commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Freedom Rides through the Freedom Now Project, Houston’s effort to retrace the Civil Rights Movement through educational programs and initiatives. At this event, The Watchful Eye, students will read their work inspired by the photographs in the Civil Rights exhibit The Whole World Was Watching. Award-winning journalist and author Mignette Patrick Dorsey will deliver the keynote speech. Following is a poem written by Brittany who tells us what courage is in her own words.


I am very brave

Who or what can

Stand in my way?

I am fighting for my rights.

I know right from wrong.

I am a black man

With a lot of power and

Might in my hands and

Yes, I have many worries.

I might not be understood

But I know my place in this

World. My eyes hold a lot of

Things. My future is in my

Dreams, and I’m happy to

Know where I stand.

By Brittany, 12th grade

Erasure Poem

Posted February 15, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Walk alone

Cannot turn back

will you be satisfied?

Can never be satisfied

horrors, brutality

can never be satisfied

cannot vote

no, no

not satisfied

some have come fresh from narrow jail cells

with that

go back

go back


go back

go back

can and will be changed

face the difficulties

my friends

a dream

created equal

transformed into an oasis of freedom

By Monica, 9th grade

With words from “I Have a Dream” by Dr. M. L. King


Posted September 26, 2007 & filed under Notebook.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great leader. He helped black people. He said everyone should be nice. He reminds me of my grandma. She says, “Don’t fight. Be nice.” I have a black friend named Brianne. We play together. Someday I hope everyone will play together.

by Caesar. age 6
Texas Children’s Hospital
[photo by Okul via Flickr]