Paired Texts > The Legacy of Charles R. Drew
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In "How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball," Jessica McBirney discusses the life and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League baseball player.Pair “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball” with “The Legacy of Charles R. Drew” and ask students to discuss the positive changes that Robinson and Drew encouraged in their professions. How did these changes impact the future? How did they overcome the discrimination they faced to accomplish these great things? Do you think one of these figures should be considered more important than the other? Why or why not?
In "Tuskegee Airmen," Jessica McBirney focuses on the group of African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who were were critical to the success of the U.S. Army during World War II and whose accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.Pair “Tuskegee Airmen” with “The Legacy of Charles R. Drew” and ask students to discuss the discrimination and segregation that African Americans experienced during World War II. How does the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen compare to the legacy of Charles R. Drew? How did their contributions shape the future?
Katherine Johnson was a trailblazing African American mathematician who worked for NASA during the Apollo space missions.Pair “Who is Katherine Johnson?” with “The Legacy of Charles R. Drew” and ask students to discuss the challenges that faced both Johnson and Drew as they strove to accomplish their career goals. How did they respond to racial discrimination? How do Drew and Johnson share similar legacies?
In "The Women of Hidden Figures," Jessica McBirney describes three famous African American women who performed crucial work at NASA during the Space Race.Pair “The Legacy of Charles R. Drew” with “The Women of Hidden Figures” and ask students to compare the obstacles that Charles Drew faced with the experiences of the women of ‘Hidden Figures.’ What additional challenges did Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson face because of their gender? How do students think the legacy of Drew is similar to the legacies of Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson?