EI Students Get to Know their Neighbors

EI students interview journalist Celila Ventura about her Italian heritage in an effort to understand the Italian-American community just east of the school.

“Instead of interviewing, I was interviewed by thirty well-behaved, friendly children,” Ventura writes. “Their questions ranged from the strikes in Northern Italy, the King and Badoglio [Prime Minister of Italy], to how to cook ravioli. In general, the questions on the Italian political situation showed a keen interest in current events and a recognition of the struggle of the Italian people for liberation from Nazi-Fascist oppression.”

Read the article here.

(photo: NYC municipal archives)

The term “Negro,” which appears in the linked article, was in widespread use by Civil Rights activists and others who looked to celebrate African American history during the 1940s and 1950s. Although many people accepted the term in the 1950s, activists in the 1960s and 1970s argued for the term “Black,” and in the 1980s for the term “African American.” By the 1970s the word “Negro” was widely viewed as an insult or a term of derision, and the news media (eg, the New York Times) and other mainstream institutions had largely stopped using it by the end of that decade.