As we have been documenting over the last few days, this past weekend was a busy one in Greensboro. Above, you see the lobby of the Greensboro Historical Museum after the screening of the documentary made by Montagnard high school students whose families arrived as refugees and immigrants. These new Americans have become historians and filmakers in a project that will be archived at the Smithonian. The above crowd includes not only Montagnard families but also community members who know and care about the stories of this group of people from the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Long before the film project began, Betty Stratford was busy tutoring English Language Learners at Mendenhall Middle School. In collaboration with Lie Rlayang, Betty designed a series of cloth panels telling the story of Lie's journey to America. The scene below is one of Montagnard children learning about life in America through TV- specifically cartoons and sit-coms. Betty was not in attendance on Saturday, as she is not well; however, her husband, students and artwork were there to represent her dedication to Greensboro's immigrant children. Today is ABC Wednesday and C is for "children." If you get a chance, be sure to watch, The Young Mountaineers: An Untold Story of Montagnard Youth in Greensboro.