August Wilson is one of my favorite playwriters. This is one of many lines in his play Fences that resonates with teens and leads to some powerful discussions. As an English teacher at the high school level, Fences is one of the plays we study, not only for it's characterization and themes, but its insight into the pain and intergenerational trauma suffered during and after slavery. I have included some resources I share with my students during this analysis. The film Fences is now on Netflix and is a great opportunity to have some impactful conversations with your children and family members, although I would encourage you to grab a copy of the play itself.
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