September 19, 2021

Integrating Technology: Freedom Summer 1964

Freedom Summer 1964 is a free digital learning tool from the Indiana University Center on Representative Government that explores key events surrounding this time in America's history, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement on civil rights legislation. In Freedom Summer, players predict the outcomes of both civil and Congressional actions, and discover how key events surrounding the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1964 Mississippi voter registration drive, the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Voting Rights Act of 1965

Online exhibition items & curator notes Voting Rights Act of 1965 African American Odyssey Voting Rights Act of 1965 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Voting Rights Act of 1965 NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Voting rights political cartoons by Herb Block Don’t Be Getting Any Ideas That You Have a Right to Vote March 11,1965 Commemorating the Action at Montgomery, Alabama March 18, 1965 Literacy Test March 17, 1965 Say, This Is Okay—A Majority of Us That Can … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: We Shall Overcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to examine how citizens persevered to overcome injustice and affect change during the 1960s civil rights era and consider the lessons the first March to Selma in 1965 provides for us today. Enduring understanding: Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues. Essential question: How can we strive to overcome injustice? Lesson materials We Shall Overcome sheet music (curator note) … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots/Protests

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 1898 newspaper coverage Early African American Perspectives on the Wilmington Race Riots Documenting the American South 1898 Monument and Memorial Park Documenting the American South New York City 1900 August, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverage Atlanta, Georgia 1906 1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. … [Read more...]

Today in History: First March from Selma

Today in History–March 7–the Library of Congress features the first civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, which was led on this day in 1965. Unfortunately, the marchers, which numbered about 600, had scarcely left Selma when they were were brutally assaulted by heavily armed state troopers and deputies. The ugly incident garnered national attention and just two weeks later marchers regrouped and marched under protection of the National Guard. On March 25, … [Read more...]