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  • Atlanta's Author: Celestine Sibley

    Celestine Sibley won several awards and served many humanitarian causes during her career as a journalist, columnist, and author, becoming an iconic adopted daughter of Georgia.

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    1. Describe how Celestine Sibley’s writing was unique to other journalists during this time. 
     
    2. Explain the different ways in which Celestine Sibley’s writing influenced the people of her community. 

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    1. Think of the prominent journalists in the world today. Discuss what characteristics make a journalist trustworthy and/or their writing relatable. Why are these aspects important in the world of journalism?

    Vocabulary

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution: the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia
    column: an article in a newspaper or magazine that appears regularly and that is written by a particular writer or deals with a particular subject
    idiosyncrasy: an unusual way in which a particular person behaves or thinks
    mundane: dull and ordinary
    trials and tribulations: tests of one's patience or endurance
     

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    Discussion Guide

    1. Describe how Celestine Sibley’s writing was unique to other journalists during this time. 
    Celestine Sibley inserted a lot of humor into her writing and highlighted the extraordinary in life’s small moments. She taught her readers to not take the little things for granted. 
     
    2. Explain the different ways in which Celestine Sibley’s writing influenced the people of her community. 
    Celestine Sibley covered a gamut of topics, ranging from gardening to murder. She always treated her subjects with respect, whether it was a politician or a man she met on the street, and inserted her sense of humor. She eventually realized the true power of her words when she was able to help free a wrongfully convicted man. 

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