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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).


 

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law. He is the author of numerous books including The Color of Law.
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Ruth Shagoury

Ruth Shagoury

Ruth Shagoury teaches new and veteran teachers at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has written numerous books and articles, including Living the Questions: A Guide for Teacher-Researchers and Raising Writers: Understanding and Nurturing Young Children’s Writing Development.
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Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca has taught high school social studies since 2000. She is on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools and is a Zinn Education Project Writer and Organizer. 
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Moé Yonamine

Moé Yonamine was born in Okinawa and moved with her family to the United States when she was seven years old. She teaches in Portland, Oregon and is a Rethinking Schools editorial associate.
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