Turning Points: Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement Essential Questions

  • What lessons can we learn from – and what lessons can we teach about – the Civil Rights Movement?
  • How did (and do) people affect change in the Civil Rights Movement?
  • To what extent has Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “dream” been realized?
  • What does the Civil Rights Movement tell us about America?
  • How is the Civil Rights Movement still unfolding?
  • How do primary sources tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement?

Learning and Teaching the Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement

Click here for MY LESSON FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

The Civil Rights Movement: Why Now?

Five Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement | Reimagine!

What We Can Learn from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

What Can Students Learn from the Civil Rights Movement? @ NBC Learn


Civil Rights Poetry

Civil Rights Movement Poetry

What are the Words of the Wiser in each of these ten poems?

What is the life lesson or the lesson learned in each of these ten poems?

How do these poems speak to the issues, ideals, questions, emotions, events, and stories of the Civil Rights Movement as you know it? Tap into your background knowledge.

How do these poems speak to the idea of equality?

Note that while these poems may speak to or reflect the Civil Rights Movement in some way, they are not necessarily written or published during that era. (We’ve read Hughes and Cullen before, for example, haven’t we?)


CRM in Short Stories and Music

Junius-Edwards“LIARS DON’T QUALIFY” BY JUNIUS EDWARDS

Top Ten Civil Rights Songs

Civil Rights Era Protest Songs

THE MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

“People Get Ready”: Music and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s


Civil Rights Movement Links

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights Resource Guide @ LoC

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement @ LoC

Civil Rights Era @ LoC

Civil Rights Movement @ history.com

Civil Rights Movement @JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Civil Rights Movement @ NYPL

Civil Rights Movement @ PBS

Southern Freedom Movement Documents 1951-1968

Excellent and entertaining podcast on the March on Washington from Stuff You Should Know

Very interesting podcast on policing and race, featuring MPD.

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