Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

3. SAMUEL W. BLACK interviewed by his wife EDDA FIELDS-BLACK

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that you can never know yourself unless you know something about your ancestors, the people who make up your family history?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Explain how the boiler room has remained a part of Samuel W. Black’s life.  Describe what he saw on his visit to the boiler room and how this visit made him respect his father even more.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.