Shoulders of the Ancestors
The reason I appear to be standing so tall is because my feet are firmly planted on the shoulders of my ancestors
Martin Luther King and Civil Rights
January marks the birthday of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. while February is African American History Month. This is the time many educators are asked to think about how they will incorporate lessons on African American History into their plans.
While the best strategy is to infuse multicultural lessons and information throughout the school year, January and February are good times to prepare for that year long infusion. Below are a few lesson links on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
King arrested in Birmingham Alabama
Websites Featuring Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Movement
As Martin Luther King Jr. Day is recognized in your classes an excellent question to pose to students is: "Did the man make the movement or did the movement make the man?". Did MLK create the Civil Right Movement or did the Civil Rights Movement create MLK? Addressing that question and any serious examination of the Civil Rights Movement should include a visit to the BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE.
The KING CENTER in Atlanta, Georgia maintains exhibitions and collections of artifacts and memorabilia on display to the public, and has numerous resources on MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.
Consider visiting the Western Michigan University center TEACH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. The center is dedicated to helping teachers continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by addressing civil rights, inequality, racism, poverty and world peace in their curricula.
The RETHINKING SCHOOLS site focuses on MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail as it critiques some problems with Common Core's emphasis on the Close Reading strategy.
In recognition of the recent passing of anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, the ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT is featuring an article Our House Divided: What U.S. Schools Don’t Teach About U.S.-Style Apartheid.
Listed below are additional useful MLK and Civil Rights Movement resources and/or lesson plans:
A Time For Justice
Teachers can order this kit for free.
The Kit includes:
38-minute film with closed-captioning on DVD
Teacher’s Guide with five lesson plans on CD
Classroom Poster, “Civil Rights Movement Timeline,”
In A TIME FOR JUSTICE, four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captured the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle.
Narrated by Julian Bond and featuring John Lewis, the 38-minute film allows today’s generation of students to witness firsthand the movement’s most dramatic moments—the bus boycott in Montgomery, the school crisis in Little Rock, the violence in Birmingham and the triumphant 1965 march for voting rights.
Through primary source images and with text students will learn about President Lincoln's initial reluctance to recruit African Americans, the contributions of runaway slaves, and how African Americans contributed to the Union's victory over the Confederacy.
SHOULDERS OF THE ANCESTORS is a division of AFRICAN AMERICAN POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS (AAPP) . AAPP provides classroom tested educational posters and learning charts that utilize the new scholarship in African and African American history and culture. The graphics on our learning charts are selected to engage students. Visit us today at www.aahistoryposters.com.
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