Blogs tagged "civil rights"

Unfinished Business and Enduring Legacies

Pauli Murray College courtyard, Yale
Leslie Abbatiello, Project Director/John Gustafson, Project Coordinator.In social studies classrooms and movie theaters alike, the civil rights movement appears to fit neatly into a short timeframe, from “Montgomery to Memphis.” It begins with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, followed by victories during the Montgomery Bus Boycotts in 1955 and the March on Washington in 1963, and ends decisively with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months

Study of African American History This Summer

Portrait of Frederick Douglass
We celebrate Black History Month in February, but learning can continue all year long. Check out these NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers dealing with African American history and culture. All programs are free and include stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Teaching the Vietnam Era

Two students displaying Vietnam artifacts
By Callie Wright, Education Programs Manager for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial FoundationThere are always consequences to actions that you take. There are consequences to inaction. And thinking through, asking the questions, "Well, then what happens? What comes next?" is critically important.Chuck Hagel 24th Secretary of Defense and Vietnam veteranRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

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 »
Categories Closer Readings

Malcolm X: A Radical Vision for Civil Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 and his acceptance of the Peace Prize the following year,  secured his place as the voice of non-violent, mass protest in the 1960s.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings