Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

6. SAM HARMON interviewed by his grandson EZRA AWUMEY

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that being discriminated against for race, gender, and sexual orientation is a crime not only against individuals but against humanity itself?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe Sam Harmon’s journey against discrimination in the armed forces and afterwards.  Explain why not being able to go into a movie theater in Washington, D.C. was his “most painful recollection” (185).

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.