The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives

July 9–27, 2018

This NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers was designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project, Tougaloo College, and Teaching for Change. Participants (classroom teachers in grades 7-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will have the unique opportunity to learn from the people who made the civil rights movement happen, and from the leading scholars of the era. Participants will engage in a rigorous examination of key historical events (such as the uprising of tobacco workers in Winston-Salem, NC, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro Sit-in, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Lowndes County Freedom Organization) introduced through books, articles, guest presenters, primary documents, and participant research. Teachers will modify or develop lessons and units for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in ways that challenge the traditional narrative. Teachers will also develop approaches to engaging their peers in teaching the bottom up, inside out history of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers and College and University Faculty. PI: Robert Korstad, Sanford School of Public Policy. Co-PI Judy Richardson, SNCC Legacy Project.

March for Voting Rights
Victoria Gray of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on the floor of the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. © 1976 George Ballis/Take Stock. Source: Duke Libraries
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