Interview with Karima Jordon

Could you talk about some of your memories of any classes? You were talking before how a math class and science class and shop class, there was, you know, an African consciousness and a consciousness generally. So, what are some of your memories of classes during the strike?


Some of my memories of the classes during the strike were, ah, you try to have science, you know, but there, just can't have a science, ah, biology class with all the political science going out so you basically have a political science. Because you, as a student, you have to know why these, these things are happening. So, everything became more a political thing no matter what it was. If it was Miss Magnere's[SIC] English class, either she'll, part of the class is talking about that, the other part now is focusing on Langston Hughes. If it was Mr. Magnere's[SIC] shop class, you know, part, even while you're constructing whatever your constructing in shop, your still talking about what's going on outside, why is it happening? Ah, no debate, it's, just, just discussion. History class, with Al Vann, became more of a political science. And it was healthy. This information was needed. You know, we, you know, I don't think the White teachers and, and matter of fact, with the White teachers, you didn't discuss these things. You didn't, didn't bother to even ask. They didn't volunteer any information either.