Stories of the Civil Rights Movement Videoconference

History in the First Person: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement
Dates: February 9, 2012 | Times: 10-11:00 a.m. or 1-2:00 p.m. CT
Grade Levels: 5-10 | Cost:  NO CHARGE | Registration Required

Abstract:
Take your study of the Civil Rights Movement to individuals who participated in the struggle.  Interact via videoconference with three individuals whose actions made a difference in civil rights for people in their native St. Louis as well as throughout the nation.

Program Description from HEC-TV Live!:
What was it like to grow up black in America in the 1940s, 50s and 60s? What did it mean when words like “equality” and “justice” seemed to have a different meaning for you than for others in American society? What was it like to be inspired by leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Why would you have chosen to participate in the struggle for Civil Rights?  For this very special program, take your study of American history and the Civil Rights Movement in America to the individuals who participated in the struggle.  Ask these questions and more as you interact with three individuals whose actions made a difference in civil rights for people in their native St. Louis as well as throughout the nation.

Our focus in this program will not be exploring the details of America’s struggle for Civil Rights throughout its history, but it will be to provide students the rare and important opportunity to speak directly with those who lived during one chapter in that time and are excited to share their experiences with others. What would your students like to know about what it was like to live and work during this time?  Our guests for both programs were participants in CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), the St. Louis Jefferson Bank boycott of 1963, the 1964 protest for minority employment opportunities at the Gateway Arch, and the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday as well as many other events related to Civil Rights.  These four main topics will be used as examples for students to provide both content and context and also an organizational framework for the program.  Web resources related to these events as well as short biographies of our guests are included in the pre-program activities for students to use to prepare for the program and develop questions to ask the guests during the program.

This program is the first in a recurring series of HEC-TV Live! programs dealing with stories of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Subsequent programs will provide students the opportunity to interact with individuals who made significant contributions in the struggle for rights for other minority groups and women.  If you’d like to be placed on our HEC-TV Live! e-list to receive updates about future programs in the series, please e-mail us at live@hectv.org.

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