Experiencing Segregation–At the Lunch Counter
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Sister Mary Antona Ebo shares what it was like to not be able to eat at a local restaurant due to the color of her skin.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DCivil Rights-115**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • In a journal entry or think/pair/share activity, have students write about what they think it would have felt like to be treated as Sister Ebo was.
  • How do students react to how her friend reacted? What do they think it might have meant to Sister Ebo that her friend walked out with her?
  • Have learners view this segment and place themselves in Sister Mary Antona Ebo’s situation. How would they feel and react? Do learners feel the country has successfully eliminated the application of Jim Crow laws?


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.