Italian language activist Gioconda Motta

Jul 19, 2013 914

by Stefano Salimbeni

"When we lived in Melrose in the mid 1970s, my eldest daughter used to bring pizza to school for lunch. For her, having grown up in an Italian household, it was the most normal thing in the world. At some point however she started to come home and say they were making fun of her, therefore she didn't want pizza anymore. Yes, discrimination was that strong! That is when I went to the principal and I said I want to start an afternoon enrichment program — in Italian. After a couple of years, we had 30 children and families were lining up to join in. By the time my younger daughter went to school, pizza was in style!"

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Fonte: Bostoniano

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