Blogs tagged "civil rights"

Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King Memorial
Martin Luther King's most well-known writing is his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." He began writing the lengthy essay while jailed over Easter weekend in 1963. He eventually arranged its publication as part of a public relations strategy to bring national attention to the struggle for civil rights in the South.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

The Selma to Montgomery March and Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Marchers carrying banner "We march with Selma!" on street in Harlem, New York
Students love a good fight. From the Boston Tea Party to the Vietnam War, students’ genuine interest in historical protests is as recurrent a theme in the classroom as uprisings and demonstrations are in human history. Teachers sometimes wonder why the fight for rights and for a redress of grievances—more than other historical themes—regularly awakens their students to the lessons of history and gets them truly engaged in content.Read More »
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10 Outstanding Historical Documentaries on Civil Rights

Freedom Riders bus burning
Now more than ever, teachers are looking to find excellent African American primary sources in all media. Riveting historical films from the long history of slavery, race and the struggle for civil rights, such as 12 Years a Slave and Selma, are pretty much the first choice for those who want to engage students.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months

Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Washington, DC
On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens—Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read More »
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NEH’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

"Selma to Montgomery Marches"
Five state-of-the-art documentary films are the centerpiece of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Web project, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings