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CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT
The Modern Civil Rights Movement was a political movement for equality before the law occurring throughout much of the twentieth century through the 1970s. It was accompanied by civil unrest and popular rebellion. This movement did not fully achieve its goals. However, the efforts did lead to improvements in the legal rights of African Americans. The most common misconception was that it was won and ended in the 1960s. Persisting racial inequalities point to the fact that unequal treatment still exists. Some argue that the Civil Rights Movement is ongoing until greater equality is achieved.
The unit begins with an introductory activity using primary sources and includes the following lesson areas: 1) What Are Civil Rights?, 2) Judicial Strategies, 3) African American Self-Determination Strategies, 4) Mass Action Strategies, 5) Legislative Strategies, and 6) Cultural Renaissance. This page and its content are best viewed from a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. Content is not accessible via mobile phones.
Worksheet #1: What’s the Story?
Document Set #2 – Comic Book
Citizenship Questions for Registration
Visual Lecture: What are Civil Rights?
Worksheet #2: Document Analysis
NAACP cartoon: “Don’t be a Free Rider!”
“To the Honorable Judge”: Statement regarding the arrest of Homer Plessy
Visual Lecture: Judicial Strategies
The Daily Picayune, June 9, 1892
The Daily Picayune, November 19, 1892
The Daily Picayune, November 27, 1892
The Daily Picayune, December 20, 1892
Report of the Proceedings of the Annulment of Act 111 of 1890
The Daily Picayune, October 29, 1892
The Violation of a Constitutional Right
Booklet: Prominent Thinkers During the Civil Rights Movement
Worksheet #3: Black Power Mixtape
Worksheet #4: Revolutionary Suicide, A Manifesto
Worksheet #5: Revolutionary Suicide, Starting Out
Worksheet #6: Revolutionary Suicide, Patrolling
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965
Worksheet #12: The Speeches of Malcolm X at Harvard, The Leverett House Forum of March 18, 1964
Worksheet #7: Revolutionary Suicide, The Defection of Eldridge and Reactionary Suicide
Worksheet #8: Revolutionary Suicide, I Am We
Worksheet #9: "A Black Feminist Statement"
Worksheet #10: "A Black Feminist’s Search for Sisterhood"
Visual Lecture: Mass Action Strategies
Worksheet #13: Black Natchez
Worksheet #14: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Black Natchez (62 minutes)
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (83 minutes)
Oretha Castle Haley interview: Sit-ins (5:13 minutes)
Oretha Castle Haley interview: CORE Participation (7:14 minutes)
“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round (4:00 minutes)
“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” (3:01 minutes)
“We Shall Overcome” (2:34 minutes)
Worksheet #15: Racism Exercise
Visual Lecture: Legislative Strategies
Racism Exercise Scenarios
Article, Confronting Institutionalized Racism by Camara Phyllis Jones
Visual Lecture: Cultural Renaissance
John O’Neal and Jesse Morrell Interview (21:22 minutes)
BLKARTSOUTH Performance (7:40 minutes)
BLKARTSOUTH Poetry Reading (1:23 minutes)
Poetry Reading- “On Dreams and Mexican Songs” (5:45 minutes)
Worksheet #16: Poetry Analysis