May 4

The Freedom Riders leave Washington, D.C., to challenge segregation laws

May 4, 1961

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  • JFK, Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    JFK, Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement

    Students learn how civil rights activists including the Freedom Riders, state and local officials in the South, and the Administration of President Kennedy come into conflict during the early 1960s.

  • The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement

    The American civil rights movement incorporated a variety of cultural elements in their pursuit of political and legal equality under law.

    This lesson will highlight the role of music as a major influence through the use of audio recordings, photographs, and primary documents.

    Students will participate in their own oral history, examine lyrics, and work with case studies such as the Freedom Rides to gain an appreciation of how music influenced the early 1960s.

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National Guard troops fire on Kent State student protesters

May 4, 1970

Ernest Hemingway wins Pulitzer Prize for “The Old Man and the Sea”

May 4, 1953

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  • "Three Shots": Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    "Three Shots": Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams

    In this lesson, students study issues related to independence and notions of manliness in Ernest Hemingway’s “Three Shots” as they conduct in-depth literary character analysis, consider the significance of environment to growing up and investigate Hemingway’s Nobel Prize-winning, unique prose style. In addition, they will have the opportunity to write and revise a short story based on their own childhood experiences and together create a short story collection.