In Memory of Claude Sitton, From an Admiring Beneficiary

Teaching for Change board member and SNCC veteran Timothy Jenkins wrote this personal tribute to award winning journalist Claude Sitton (December 4, 1925 – March 10, 2015). It was altogether fitting and proper that Claude Sitton, the fearless Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of the Sixties civil rights revolution, waited to die on March 10th of this year, […]

Essential Resource for Children on the Complexity of the Movement

     Why and how educators and parents are using Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching. Kelly Starling Lyons, Children’s Book Author When my daughter started writing a historical fiction short story about friendship and school integration, she didn’t have the background to get inside her characters’ heads. I started pulling books for her to explore. […]

Selma Film Sparks Youth Dialogue

On Saturday, January 24, eleven students from five public schools (in the Center for Inspired Teaching’s Real Word History program) and two private schools in Washington, D.C. gathered for an informal discussion about the film Selma in the atrium of the National Portrait Gallery. Three teachers were also present. The discussion started with the film Selma and moved effortlessly—without […]

Two Dollar Subscription to Black History Journal Leads to Life of Activism

February 8, 2015: On this 100th anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), we are pleased to share this story by our board member Timothy L. Jenkins about the power of learning Black history at a young age.   By Timothy L. Jenkins Since I had been the […]

Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today

“The activity helped me understand the reason why certain people took certain sides and why they acted the way they acted.” —Elijah W., high school student This lesson invites students to step into the long history of the freedom struggle in Selma, introducing them to people, turning points, and issues. The lesson offers students the […]

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Selma in Pictures: Socratic Seminar

By Lynda Tredway In a media driven age, visual images often provide access to important events and political struggles that may be more immediately accessible to students than written texts. At the same time, these images can offer a venue for the development of critical literacy. Images are also useful for differentiating instruction and exposing […]

Teaching About Selma

Bring Lessons of Selma to the Classroom

We need your help so that students can learn and apply the lessons from the bottom-up history of the Selma Voting Rights Movement to their lives and struggles for justice today. The release of the film Selma on this 50th anniversary year of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has helped […]

The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today

A shorter version of this article, “Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film,” is available on Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. Here are free downloadable lessons and resources to bring this bottom-up history to the classroom. Download full article as a .pdf By Emilye Crosby On this 50th anniversary year of the […]

Black History 360 at the Schomburg Center

Teaching for Change presented in July of 2014 for the second year in a row at the Black History 360: Schomburg Summer Education Institute. Thanks to our summer intern, Sarah Slichter, here is a report on the first afternoon of the week-long institute and the day of the Teaching for Change workshop on Freedom Schools and the […]

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