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Great Sites for Teaching About ... Civil Rights

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Each week, the Education World Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. Falling in May are the anniversaries of the Freedom Rides and the Brown v. the Board of Education decision ending segregation in public schools. Check out some great sites for integrating civil rights into your curriculum.



  1. African American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Era: This two-part Library of Congress presentation covers significant events in the fight for equality for African American citizens, with quality images and succinctly detailed accounts that are ready to use in the classroom. Here, your students can read about President Truman's ending military segregation, Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, the Greensboro lunch counter sit-in, the 1963 march on Washington, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 
  2. Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement: This Web site traces the spark ignited by the original Greensboro Four in 1960 and the subsequent events leading to passage of the Civil Rights Act. The Greensboro Depot and the local public library present this extensive collection of images, audio clips, and resources, including a time line with historic photos, stories, and pictures from the Greensboro News & Record archives and an electronic bulletin board where students can share their perceptions and links to other online civil rights resources. Full of primary sources and multimedia treasures, this site will immerse your students in events captured in time. 
  3. Civil Rights Teaching: Here, teachers can have access to lesson plans for K-12 students, books, articles, websites, and films for their students. Teachers can also grab resources from the book Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching published by Teaching for Change and PRRAC. The book is a teaching resource with stories, perspectives, essays, photographs, graphics, interviews, and more about the Civil Rights Movement. Teachers can use this website to grab handouts, lessons, photos, videos, and more. 
  4. Best History Sites: Civil Rights Movement: This site offers Civil Rights resources, websites, lesson plans, activities, games, and more. Teachers can connect their students with the National Civil Rights Museum, the history of Jim Crow, the African American Mosaic Exhibition, information about Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, and more. This is a great page filled with sites teachers can use to teach a diverse lesson about the Civil Rights Movement.
  5. PBSLearningMedia: This site offers plenty of information teachers can grab when teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in the classroom. The page offers background information on the entire movement including leaders and organizers, white resistance, legal strategies, protests, community organizing, and more. The page also offers lesson plans looking at Brown vs. Board of Education, Campaigning, and understanding white supremacy during the Civil Rights Movement. 
  6. TeachingAmericanHistory: Teachers can access extensive background information about key figures during the Civil Rights Era including President Truman, President Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, President Kennedy, Malcolm X, Ralph Ellison, Supreme Cases, and more. Each page has websites, lesson plans, videos, and other materials teachers can find useful. 



Article by Walter McKenzie
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Updated: 02/05/2015