Teaching about 1963 in 2013: Civil Rights Movement History Resources


Too often, the teaching about the modern Civil Rights Movement – as a spontaneous eruption of angry but saintly African Americans led by two or three inspired orators – discounts the origins, the intellect, and the breadth that guided this complex social movement.

To support teaching the modern Civil Rights Movement beyond “I Have a Dream,” Teaching for Change is raising awareness about the 1963 anniversaries that shed light on the everyday people who organized in their communities to struggle for freedom and justice.

Why 1963?

The year 1963 was pivotal to the Movement. It is often recalled as the year of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom but much more transpired. It was a year dedicated to direct action and voter registration in the face of violence and with countless examples of brave resistance.

Why the buttons?

Because Black History is U.S. History and should not be reduced to the few names and events that are recycled in classrooms and the media every year during Black History Month.


Receive your button, for a donation of $10, commemorating the 50th anniversaries of 1963. The button features an image of Medgar Evers, a key figure in the Jackson Movement and in the desegregation of the University of Mississippi.

Your support provides teachers and parents with the tools to teach Black History and multicultural education every month of the year–not just in February. Donate today and request your “Ask me about 1963” commemorative button in the comment box.

 2013 Marks the Anniversaries of: