Discussing Nelson Mandela in room 215 at Whitney Young

AP World teacher threw devoted her class discussions to Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

December 6, 2013

WBEZ/ Niala Boodhoo
Teacher Anne-Michele Boyle threw out her lesson plans for her classes at Whitney Young High School to discuss the life and death of Nelson Mandela on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Anne-Michele Boyle teaches history at Whitney Young Magnet High School, one of the city’s few integrated schools.

Last night, when she heard Nelson Mandela had died, she tossed out her lesson plans to discuss the former South African president, who brought an end to the country’s institutional racism known as apartheid.

WBEZ producer Becky Vevea visited room 215 for Ms. Boyle’s 3rd period AP World History class on Friday, the day after Mandela’s death. Listen to the story:

Many students of the students at Whitney Young also spoke about racism as it impacts us today. 

Listen to a full discussion about the visit to Ms. Boyle’s class on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift with host Niala Boodhoo: 

Becky is a producer for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter @beckyvevea and @WBEZeducation