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We Had Set Ourselves Free’: Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryThe Civil Rights Movement lies at the margins of my memory. For today’s high school students, it is a generation or more distant. In spite of good intentions, when the new year brings the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month, school activities often reduce the Civil Rights Movement to a scenario of ‘heroic leader and brave followers.’

Less often explored is the experience of those whose everyday lives intersected with the struggle, and who responded with the kind of life-changing decisions that formed the heart of the movement.

This article by Doug Sherman describes his use of first person narratives such as Selma, Lord, Selma and films such as Eyes on the Prize to teach the often untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement.

 


Lesson originally published by Rethinking Schools | Zinn Education ProjectThis article was originally published by Rethinking Schools in an edition of Rethinking Schools magazine (Winter 1995/96).


 

Julian Hipkins III

Julian Hipkins III

Julian Hipkins III, an award-winning U.S. history teacher with 15 years of teaching experience, is the Global Education Coordinator at Roosevelt Senior High School (DCPS).
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Sudie Hoffmann

Sudie Hofmann

Sudie Hofmann is a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
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Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is president and co-founder of 350.org, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action, and the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature (Random House) and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (St. Martin’s Griffin).
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