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Activity 2: Mystery Word Search

Read the sections Establishing Neighborhoods and Dunbar School and Educational Opportunities. As you read, fill in the blanks in each sentence below. Write the letters inside the parentheses in the section appearing after number 11. below where the blanks follow the sentences. When you have all the blanks filled in, rearrange the letters to make words which answer the question at the end of the exercise.

Establishing Neighborhoods

1. An early neighborhood was established in the (_) / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (_) vicinity.

2. (_) (_) _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ was an African American neighborhood established in the early 1960s.

3. The Tucson Newspaper, _ _ _ _ _ _ _' (_) / _ _ (_) _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , was founded in 1942 and printed articles about the pervasive discrimination at that time.

4. The famous singer, _ _ _ (_) _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ (_) _, visited in 1942, but no hotel would rent her a room.

5. Black athletes playing for the (_) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Indians had difficulty finding places to stay and eat.

Dunbar School and Educational Opportunities

6. Before 1909, Arizona's schools were not _ (_) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

7. African American families protested the inadequate Tucson School District facility at 215 E. Sixth Street by _ _ _ _ _ (_) _ _ _ _ the school.

8. Dunbar became the site of good education because of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (_) _ teachers and parents.

9. In the 1920s, Dunbar graduates were allowed to attend (_) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _.

10. Even after integration in 1952, there was evidence of Tucson School District assigning students based on race and _ _ (_) _ _ _ _ _ _ .

11. (_) _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ , an attorney, led a team which took successful legal action against Tucson School District to remove racial barriers which kept students from receiving quality educations.

List the circled letters below

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Now rearrange the letters into two words so they answer the following question:

What is the topic of the information at the website you explored?

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