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The Express

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In America in the late 1950s and early ’60s, one young man became a symbol for a country grappling to move past its long-held views of people of his color. His unprecedented journey unfolded as he shattered not only sports records but also perceptions of what was possible for an African-American at the time. His name was Ernie Davis, but fans knew him better as “The Elmira Express.”

Sample F.I.L.M. Curriculum Questions:

In the movie you witnessed discriminatory behavior against Ernie and others. Discuss three of these incidences and discuss whether Ernie’s reaction to the behavior was appropriate. How would you have responded in Ernie’s situation

Are there instances of people’s rights being violated in your school or community? Are there ways you can help those whose rights are being violated? How?

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