Storytelling: Freshmen and Pre-freshmen Hear Experiences About the Civil Rights Movement

Posted February 28, 2013 / Last updated August 12, 2013

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The Storytelling panel discussion was led by moderator Tom Bagwill, director of institutional development. The panelists were (from left) Sybil Morial, Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Glenn Goodier ’65, and Dr. Stephen McKenna ’74.

Freshmen and pre-freshmen filed into the Chapel of the North American Martyrs Thursday morning, February 28, as a panel of three Jesuit alumni and a parent of a prominent alumni tell memories from their experiences living through the Civil Rights Movement. The panelists included: Sybil Morial, Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Glenn Goodier ’65, and Dr. Stephen McKenna ’74. Moderating the panel discussion was director of advancement Tom Bagwill.

Each panelist related their stories about living through the Civil Rights movement — some as youth, others as adults.

Sybil Morial, wife of Ernest N. Morial and mother of Jesuit alumnus Marc Morial ’76, talks about her experiences growing up in New Orleans and being the parent of a child during the Civil Rights Movement.

Glenn Goodier ’65 told a story about his experience playing in a behind-closed-doors basketball scrimmage against St. Augustine High School. The game was later dramatized and turned into a made-for-cable movie called “Passing Glory.”

Dr. Stephen McKenna relays a story about a day that changed his life. The day before a football game against St. Augustine, a pep rally was held in which several students dressed in black face. McKenna’s story in its entirety will appear in the Essays on Race series in the upcoming issue of Fall-Winter 2013 issue of Jaynotes, hitting mailboxes early March. Following the offensive pep rally, one teacher called him to apologize for the incident — Mr. John Serio. Mr. Serio attended the panel discussion and a surprised McKenna reacted when Serio approached him. Serio was a former teacher at Jesuit and a Principal at Archbishop Hannan. Today he is a teacher at Kehoe-France School.

Following the panel, each of the participants visited with students and answered individual questions.