Congratulations America for having
elected Obama your next President.
Mankind hopes all of us have better
days on Earth! God bless us all!
I have cried a lot since I saw your celebration of Obama's
victory at your school! And I am also proud of our job
together. I would say to you that it is the most special
moment in my professional life!
Everything has been special to me: the usage of
technology; ethnical problems regarding our audience. The
comparison of the goals black people reached in the US and
how black people here live. Our public system of education
doesn't allow black people to go to college because public
education is not that good; but let’s see if Obama's
reference changes things here in Brazil!
Anyway, I have been very happy at the same time! Tell
your students not only the United States have lived a
special moment in their lives but also the whole mankind
with Obama's election!
SKYPE CHAT - 05 NOV 08
Brazil: i am very happy.
Lovejoy: why are you so happy
Brazil: due to Obama’s election. It is a victory for the
whole of mankind
Lovejoy: what did you think about the election
Brazil: i wonder when Brazil will be able to elect a Black
president? Mankind has been used to seeing
Americans are racist but you were able to elect a
black president. Here in Brazil we have to work a
lot to reach this point
Brazil: Bahia has the biggest black population in
Brazil. Salvador has the biggest black community
Lovejoy: They do?
Brazil: So it is very special to be with you because
we have lots of things in common. Our black
heritage has influenced the whole Brazil in the
fields of arts, music, culture.
Lovejoy: we do have a lot in common
Brazil: but the problem we have here is
related to a bad public education that
doesn’t allow students to go to college.
Black people are the ones to get the
smallest salaries. It is terrible.
Lovejoy: we have that problem here
because a lot of student dropout too.
Brazil: so you have to be proud of being
Americans ok but you can dream and
if you make the necessary effort you more
easily go to where you want
Students from both classes watched the movie,
Freedom Writers, because both schools are located
in frequently violent communities. TappedIn was the
forum for threaded discussion of the movie.
Students wrote poems to fit the
Facing the Future: Our Hopes and Our
Using Google Translate, followed by
editing by Prof. Tyrone Santiago, the
poems were translated to both