Civil Rights



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Civil Rights

Use your textbook to begin your research. Use NetTrekker to extend your research and complete an independent activity from the Choice Board.



Research the Sit-In at Greensboro, NC on February 1, 1960. Imagine you were a white customer sitting at the lunch counter. Describe what you saw. How do you feel about the four black students sitting at the counter? Are you supportive of them or not? Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper to explain your position.

Research Ruby Bridges Hall, the first African America child to desegregate an elementary school. Imagine you are six year old, Ruby. Write 5 journal entries about your first few days in first grade at your new school.

Research Thurgood Marshall. Compare and contrast two historic court cases: “Brown v Board of Education” and “Smith v Allwright”. Which case was the most significant and changed the course of history? Write a letter to the Supreme Court explaining which of these cases had the greatest impact on America’s history and its future.

Research the important dates in the Civil Rights movement. Select the 10 events that were most significant to the Civil Rights movement. Represent these events on a timeline with the date, the name of the event, and a picture or symbol of the event.

Research 3 important songs of the Civil Rights movement. Write or type a paragraph to summarize the main idea and explain significance of each song to the Civil Rights movement. Sentence structure, neatness, and conventions count! Suggested Songs: “We Shall Overcome”; “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; “Kumbaya”, “Oh Freedom”; “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.

Research the Thirteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Write or type a paragraph to point out the significance of each of these events to the Civil Rights movement. Sentence structure, neatness, and conventions count!

Read a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, John F. Kennedy, or Robert Kennedy. Find pictures that represent at least five significant events in their life. At least one picture should symbolize their contribution to the fight for Civil Rights. Organize the pictures by year. Present this information in an attractive way using a poster, collage, or scrapbook.

Research and read three of Martin Luther King’s statements or speeches. Use 3 sheets of paper to write or type a paragraph to summarize the main idea and three important details from each speech. Sentence structure, neatness, and conventions count! Suggested speeches: “I Have a Dream”; the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech; “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”; Letter from the Birmingham Jail.”

Research the Supreme Court decision in 1896 that upheld a Louisiana law that required separate but equal accommodations for blacks and whites in railroad cars. This “separate but equal” rule was loosely interpreted for more than 50 years. Explain what is meant by “separate but equal.” List some of the many applications of the “separate but equal” principle practiced in the South under segregation.


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