Students heard from a man suffering from HIV, a woman scarred by the horrors of a lynching tree near her home in Mississippi and others who shared experiences with hate and discrimination due to their race or disabilities. The living history was told Wednesday at Modesto High School’s 10th annual “Day of Respect.”
Retired English teacher Sharon Froba started the event at Modesto High in 1998, after Modesto City Schools crafted a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy. The event has since spread to other district high school campuses. About 55 people shared their stories with students in Modesto High’s English classes.
“I realized these stories have power,” Froba said. “It’s meant to sensitize young people to what people endure due to the ignorance of others.”