We want to hear what you have to say
about The Roots Cried Out: Hurricane Katrina One Year
Later- Real Life Lessons from Young Adults
in New Orleans and South Africa. Please send in your comments. We’d also like to know of any emergency planning activities prepared for your family/school/church/community. Activities will be posted on this website in order to assist other individuals and communities in emergency planning.
The Roots Cried Out- Book Discussion Questions:
1. How would you generalize the New Orleans students’ overall experience with students at other campuses? With faculty? With administration? With the surrounding community?
2. How would you categorize the New Orleans students’ overall well-being? Their mental state? Their physical state? Their social state? Their spiritual state?
3. How do you feel about the New Orleans students’ recommendations? What would you recommend differently to students? To faculty? To administration? To the community?
4. How did the public and private sector respond to Hurricane Katrina’s impact according to the New Orleans students?
5. What do you think of the South African students’ perspective on Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath?
6. Do you think they were fair in their assessment?
7. What are some of the points you agree/disagree with the South African students?
8. What do you think university students in other parts of the world might say about Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath?
9. Did the photojournalism display a contrast in cultures between New Orleans and South Africa?
10. In what ways did the photojournalism affect you?
11. According to Dr. Wright’s Afterword, which played most into the response to Hurricane Katrina: race/racism or economics/finances? What are your thoughts after reading The Roots Cried Out?
The Roots Cried Out- Website Discussion Questions:
1. Did looking at the photos evoke any personal emotions? How did the photos make you feel?
2. Did viewing the videos evoke any emotions? How did each video make you feel?
3. Did listening to the audio evoke any personal emotions? How did the students’ voices and statements make you feel?
The Roots Cried Out- Book & Website Discussion Questions:
1. Which student’s experience is the most telling in your opinion?
2. Have you learned more about Hurricane Katrina as a result of reading The Roots Cried Out and visiting the website?
3. Did the book and the website offer a different perspective on Hurricane Katrina? What new information have you acquired? How will you use this new information?
4. If displaced students came to your school, neighborhood, social/religious organization, or community, how would you treat them?
5. How would you want to be treated if you were displaced because of a natural disaster?
6. What do you think will become of New Orleans both short- and long-term?
7. What do you think will be the significance of Hurricane Katrina in American history?
8. Does your family/school/community have an emergency preparedness plan (who to call, where to meet, how to get there, survival kit, etc.) as a result of a natural disaster, emergency crisis or bioterrorism?
The Roots Cried Out Recommendations:
Use this Discussion Guide for personal reflection and as a means to engage in dialogue with friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and community leaders. Assemble the dialogue into collective thoughts and present to policymakers at the local, state and national levels. School systems (public/private/post-secondary), public agencies, churches and nonprofits can also benefit from the collective thoughts of a community.
Also, counseling services being offered should be an integral component to an emergency preparedness plan. Professionally trained personnel, nonprofits and clergy can provide counseling. Additionally, family members and elders in the community can share in advice and guidance.