To Kill a Mockingbird

what new things does scout learn how black live

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Scout and Jem visit Calpurnia's black church. There they get a first hand account of how the blacks live which is in contrast to what Scout and Jem are used to. The First Purchase church is noticeably shabbier and simpler than Scout's church, reflecting the material poverty of its congregation. However, though materially poor, the congregation displays a richness in human and spiritual dignity. Though exposed to decades of white racist hatred and discrimination, the entire congregation (except Lula) gives the Finch children a warm welcome. Though they all have little to no money, a collection is taken for Tom's family. Scout and Jem notice that the blacks, for the most, are humble and proud with little hatred for whites.