The following chapter-based guides offer key points, discussion questions, additional resources and more to facilitate conversations to help facilitate the education goals addressed in the film that include
(a) understanding and appreciating the sociocultural role of language in community life;
(b) understanding the historical roots and orderly development of African American speech;
(c) raising awareness about the systematic language patterning in African American Language, and
(d) raising awareness about language prejudice and stereotypes that have often been associated with the speech of African Americans.
Dr. Emory Campbell; historian, author, community activist, and cultural steward speaks about how his visit to Sierra Leone gave him a different perspective on his experience as a Gullah native.
University of South Carolina linguist Tracey Weldon describes some features of Gullah language.
Linguist Walt Wolfram of NC State University explains some of the subtle phonological changes in MLK’s speech that correspond with changes in audience.
Stanford Sociolinguist John Baugh on the diversity and flexibility of African American Language.
Stanford Sociolinguist John Rickford speaks on the complexities of African American Language.
Dr. Walt Wolfram discusses variation within African American English.
Dr. Arthur Spears highlights the connection between structure and the speech event in African American English.
Dr. Renée Blake discusses how she relates to students when teaching African American English linguistics.