Plan for Senior Interview

     On March 14th we will be meeting Mr. Ulysses Moore for the first time. As we conduct research for our Great Migration Project we will be heavily relying on Mr. Moore to provide an in depth look at his migration story from beginning to end. Therefore, it is essential that we be sure to make Mr. Moore feel comfortable indulging this kind of information to us. We will begin by first introducing ourselves to Mr. Moore and telling him some information about ourselves, such as where we are from, what we are studying, and a basic general history of our lives. Since, Mr. Moore will be telling us so much about his life, we feel he should be given a glimpse into our own as a sign of trust and friendship. Hopefully, this will make him feel more comfortable during our interview. Then, we will explain the Great Migration Project to Mr. Moore so that he will fully understand the purpose of this assignment. We will also explain why we feel his story is crucial. We will tell Mr. Moore that his story is timeless and that it will give immense personal insight into a major event in American History. Mr. Moore’s story will be able to offer our viewers a human side to this event, a side that history books cannot express.

      Upon our initial meeting we will explain to Mr. Moore that since we want to capture his story from beginning to end the interview will be conducted and filmed over the course of three interviewing sessions. We will also provided him with a list of topics we hope to discuss with him each week. This way Mr. Moore will be given ample amount of time to think about each topic prior to the set interviews.

      Our topics will include be discussed on the following dates:

      March 21st: Family History, Early Childhood, Slavery and Life in the South

      Questions will include: Can you tell us where in Africa your family originated from? Where in the South did you live? What type of community was it? What are the first memories you have of your mother and father? What were some highlights of your childhood? What was your relationship with your parents and siblings like? What were some of the difficulties growing up in the South? Do you remain close to any childhood friends? How did slavery and segregation affect your relationship with your family and community? What are some of your fondest childhood memories and what made them so special?

      March 28th: Events Leading up to the Move, Hopes and Expectations for Life in the North, Reality of Life in the North.

            Questions will include: When did you and your family first start to explore the idea of leaving the South? Could you explain to us the series of events which caused you and your family to reach a decision? Was there one particular incident that swayed your decision? Did your family stay together, or did they move to various locations? Were there other African American families in your community who decided to leave? What were you hoping to get out of life in the North? What did you expect it to be like? Were you scared/excited/anxious? Were you welcomed? Was Philadelphia your primary destination? Why or why not? What were your parents’ occupations? What was your first job in Philadelphia and how long did you work there?

      April 4th: Reflections on the Migration and How it has Shaped Society Today.

          Questions will include: Do you have any regrets about leaving the South? What do you miss the most? Are you in contact with any neighbors, relatives, or close friends from the South? Have you returned? If not, would you return? How has Philadelphia changed since the time you first moved here? Has it changed for the better or the worse? What is your favorite aspect of Philadelphia? If you could change anything about your neighborhood, what would it be?

      We hope that these questions will allow Mr. Moore to reflect on his story and provide compelling information. We will be sure to speak as loudly and clearly as possible during our initial meetings and interviewing sessions. While our intent is for Mr. Moore to answer our primary questions, we will patiently wait out any digressions and tangents in our conversation (they may be of great benefit). We want to be sure that Mr. Moore will be comfortable and not be placed in a position where he will constantly have to ask us to repeat the questions. During our interviewing sessions Claire will be acting at the main interviewer and Kevin will shoot the video and take still photography.

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One response to “Plan for Senior Interview

  • Huntly Collins

    Claire — This is a fabulous plan! I’m really impressed with the breadth and depth of it — and the fact that it is so well organized.
    As you get into it, you may find that the organization may have to shift a little because Mr. Moore may not keep the pace you’ve set here. So be prepared to go with the flow. If you aren’t able to work in everything in one session, keep open the possibility of picking up loose ends during an additional interview, on your own time, as part of homework.
    But you are well on your way!

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