Discussion Questions for the Students in Your Life
Facts to share: Many South African cultures have their own way of dressing. Artistic beadwork, fabric colors, patterns and jewelry can show a person's position in the community. Music is also an important part of South African culture. The country is famous for a special kind of a cappella music, which blends traditional African harmonies with choir singing brought to the country by missionaries. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy is filled with murals and other artwork created by local artisans to inspire and celebrate African culture.
6. Does anyone know what apartheid means? How did it affect South Africa?
Facts to share: Until 1990, the South African government practiced apartheid, which is the segregation of people based on race. Non-white citizens were not allowed to vote and were not provided with access to the same quality of education and healthcare. In 1994, the first democratic election was held. For black South Africans, including Nelson Mandela, it was the first time they could vote. In May 1994, after an overwhelming victory, Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa.
Follow-up: What do you know about South Africa today? How is The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls a unique opportunity?
7. Oprah said she was looking for girls to attend the Leadership Academy who had a special quality she calls "it." What are the qualities a girl with "it" has? Are these important characteristics of a good leader? Who do you know who has "it"?