The civil rights movement is one of the defining events in American history, during which Americans fought to make real the ideals of justice and equality embedded in our founding documents. When students learn about the movement, they learn what it means to be active American citizens. They learn how to recognize injustice. They learn about the transformative role played by thousands of ordinary individuals, as well as the importance of organization for collective change. They see that people can come together to stand against oppression.
For one of our final topics of study this year, we will be surveying the Civil Rights Movement, one of the major turning points in America’s story … and one that is still being experienced and told. Unfortunately, we will not be able to dig extremely deep into the movement, but we will see many of the seminal moments from the push for equality and make connections to our current society and our own lives.
To learn about the movement, you must witness it – your first task is to examine the early events of the movement, find out what happened, and start to examine the the lessons we can learn. Get going on this, and make sure you split it up! You will need this info for context in your next class, when we go to Washington DC in 1963 for the greatest speech of the 20th century!
As you dig into these amazing stories of perseverance and courage, think about the lessons that you/we can learn, and how we can apply these lessons to our lives today, and our world today – local, state, national, global.