Teach About Selma

Interactive lessons and recommended resources that invite students to think critically and creatively about today’s continued fight for social justice.




The release of the film Selma in the 50th anniversary year of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped generate great interest in these pivotal stories from the Civil Rights Movement.

Today, racial equity and voting rights are front and center in the lives of young people. We owe it to students on this anniversary to engage them in the history in a way that allows them to look critically at the world today and equips them to carry on the struggle for justice.

We share here interactive lessons and recommended resources that invite students to step into the history and think critically and creatively about the continued fight for justice today. The lessons are based on the popular article by Emilye Crosby, “The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today.”


Stepping Into Selma

In this interactive lesson, students take on the role of key people in Selma history. Ideal for use in conjunction with Selma and/or Selma: Bridge to the Ballot.

Lesson and handouts here.

Related Lessons

Lessons for students on the institutionalization of racism and the long struggle for human, economic, and civil rights in the U.S.

View related lessons.

Picturing Selma: Socratic Seminar

Socratic Seminar lessons invite students to analyze images from the voting rights struggle in Selma.

View lesson.

Youth Organizing Today

These resources help students develop skills as organizers and change agents.

View resources.








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