Civil Rights Movement

February 17, 2018

Fifty years after Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign,  a coalition of multiracial groups has announced that it is launching a new Poor People’s Campaign aimed at addressing divisions in the United States, from racism to economic and gender inequality. In the this lesson, students learn...

February 7, 2018

Collected lessons for teaching Black History Month, primarily for high school and middle school.

January 30, 2016

History has a way of smoothing out the complexities of real-life events. This brief TeachableInstant lesson explores some forgotten or misrepresented facts about the movement for civil rights.  

December 9, 2015

Students consider what it means to be an ally and to stand up for justice by examining a famous photo of a protest  at the 1968 Olympics and then learning about and discussing the story behind the photo.  

March 20, 2015

Through reading, discussion, and small group activities, students learn about three relatively unknown women in the civil rights movement: Diane Nash, Virginia Durr, and Claudette Colvin.    

February 1, 2015

This brief activity kicks off Black History Month by examining King's letter from a Birmingham jail in light of current events.   

January 16, 2015

The movie Selma depicts the struggle for voting rights for African Americans that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In this lesson, students examine a primary source document to help them understand why so few southern blacks could vote in 1965. Students explore why voting rights were so important...

January 12, 2012

Students use a remarkable 1957 comic book to learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the real nature of the civil rights movement.