Mr. Anderson’s English III class is “Celebrating Black History Month” by reading A Lesson Before Dying, by American author, Ernest Gaines. The lesson started by watching an interview with Ernest Gaines himself. Gaines wrote the novel based on things he witnessed in the 1940’s during his childhood. Gaines says that he wanted a novel “that talked about his people." Students also researched the life of Nelson Mandela and watched clips of “Cry, the Beloved Country” in conjunction with the novel. Nelson Mandela fought to unite South Africa and put an end to apartheid. Gaines witnessed issues with segregation much like Mandela.