In one PBS: America Reframed episode, ( http://video.pbs.org/video/2365417086/) taking place in Birmingham Alabama, two high schools, one mainly black, and one mainly white, come together to put on a stage production “Our Mockingbird”. This is a play based on To Kill a Mockingbird, the American classic novel by Harper Lee. The actors and actresses came into this idea without knowing the true meaning behind Harper Lee’s book. But after they completed the play successfully, they had a much deeper understanding of the purpose of this book. In this hour long documentary, it was made clear as to why To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is so significant in our American history.
When the schools first met one another, they became fast friends They were welcoming and excited to see what message their play was going to communicate. The classic novel, set in the early 1930s, is a love story. Harper Lee describes the book as a love story for many reasons; love of the South, love of a small town, and love of a father for his kids. To love what you are given. In this case, two high schools that have nothing in common, brought together to produce a love story to Harper Lee and are successful because of their passion for the story.
This whole production, the novel, and the movie make a statement. A statement that tells us, that no matter your race, you can do significant things. You can achieve significant feats and enjoy the same freedoms as your white neighbors.
Take time to look at where we WERE, with segregation and all. And where we are NOW. Where do you think we will end up? Everyone actually being treated equally with no exceptions? It is a lie to say that we are all created equal today. Current events support that not all is equal in the United States, and we must put an end to it.