The Help

On June 12, 1963, two months before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous ”I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., prominent Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was shot and killed by white racists outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. In the following excerpt from Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help, we experience this murder through the eyes of Aibileen, one of many black maids working in the city – the “help” to whom the title refers.

Read more in Access to English: Social Studies, pp. 398-401. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.

Scene from the movie Scene from the movie "The Help" (2011)