Tag Archives: American History

Freedom Riders Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Bus Ride

A half-century ago, courageous civil rights activists rode Greyhound and Trailways buses into the segregated South, enduring brutal beatings by the Ku Klux Klan, fire bombings and the wrath of Birmingham (Alabama) Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor. They came to be known as “Freedom Riders.”

On Wednesday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some of those same Freedom Riders will board buses in front of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building for a symbolic and celebratory returning freedom ride.

Continue reading here to learn more from the U.S. Department of Education and follow #CivilRightsRide.

Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era Seminar

African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era
Summer Seminar for Middle School and High School Teachers
July 22 – 25, 2014 at Washington University

The Washington University African and African American Studies Program and the University Libraries is accepting applications for a summer seminar. The university will invite ten St. Louis-area middle school and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

Led by university faculty, this four-day seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize. In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city will be discussed. Teachers will be introduced to a variety of teaching resources and methods that will enable them to engage students with greater intellectual power. The learning outcomes of African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era include:

  • Broader understanding of Civil Rights Era history
  • Overview of the latest theories and trends in Civil Rights Era scholarship
  • Increased awareness of locally and digitally available resources
  • Introduction to visual literacy, including the learning potential of historically disregarded cultural material

Sessions will be conducted by faculty, curators and community specialists, including:

  • Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Saint Louis University

If accepted, participants receive a $300 stipend and will be expected to:

  • Attend the seminar in its entirety and complete associated readings
  • Incorporate takeaways in their teaching
  • Provide feedback on the seminar as a whole and share any subsequent applications of the knowledge gained

To apply, please submit this application to Nadia Ghasedi, Head of the Visual Media Research Lab, at nghasedi@wustl.edu, by July 1. Required for consideration:

  • A completed application, including a paragraph describing your interest in the seminar and how your participation will impact your students
  • A résumé, including two references

As a follow-up to the four-day summer seminar, fall workshop sessions may also be held, if funding permits, for which an additional stipend will be offered. Summer participants will be encouraged to apply.  More information about the fall workshops will be forthcoming later this summer. Please direct questions to nghasedi@wustl.edu.

Constitutional Academy from Bill of Rights Institute this July for Students

The Bill of Rights Institute’s Constitutional Academy Summer Program takes place in July, and the institute is inviting outstanding students apply. The Constitutional Academy is for students who want to learn from college professors and policy experts about how government, economics, and current events connect.  Students who have just completed their sophomore, keyjunior, or senior year of high school will spend July 15-20, 2013 in Washington, D.C., unlocking American history by digging into the Founding documents.

Scholarships are available for students who qualify, and there is no need to fill out a separate application for the scholarship.  Each student who is accepted will be automatically considered for scholarships.Students with scholarships will have the costs of meals, lodging, site visits, and programming covered by the Bill of Rights Institute.  Students will be responsible for travel costs to and from Washington, D.C. For students who do not qualify for scholarships, the cost for the week is $750 plus travel costs to and from D.C. The current agenda is as follows:

Monday, July 15, 2013
• Arrival & check-in
• Welcome & introductions

Tuesday, July 16 – Friday, July 19, 2013
• Lectures and discussions with constitutional scholars
• Activities and discussions to explore constitutional principles with subject-matter experts
• Group project & presentation
• National Mall monument and historic sites tours
• College & career information

Saturday, July 20, 2013
• Check-out & departure

The application deadline is May 1, 2013, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so encourage students to apply today! If you have any questions, contact Academy@BillofRightsInstitute.org.

Join Jackie and Me, and CHARACTERplus, on January 25

Presented by Metro Theater Company at the Edison Theatre (Washington University St. Louis ), Jackie and Me is the story of  a young baseball fan named Joey Stoshack.  A rare baseball card is his ticket for time travel to Branch Rickey’s office on the very day that Jackie Robinson is signed as the first black man to play for the major leagues.  The extraordinary twist:  Joey is now black, too. This play, appropriate for ages 9 and up, illuminates Jackie Robinson’s courage and dignity in the face of cruel racial prejudice. Jackie and Me will have you on the edge of your seat as we all root for the man who changed the face of the game.

While the 90-minute play runs through most of January, CSD’s CHARACTERplus invites baseball fans, theatre lovers, educators and their families to a special performance on Friday, January 25, 2013. Tickets for this special evening with CHARACTERplus are $14 eachJackie and Me is by Steven Dietz, and adapted from the book by Dan Gutman (Harper Collins). This would be a great lead off hit to start Black History Month studies! For questions on the January 25th performance with CHARACTERplus, please contact Jill Giordano.

Thanksgiving-Themed Videoconferences

Happy Thanksgiving! There are many options for teachers interested in connecting their students to content providers to discuss Thanksgiving-themed topics. Here’s a short list of videoconferences to consider- perhaps for next year- be sure to take some time to digest it all-

• For first and second graders, join The Mariner’s Museum in Sailing into Thanksgiving- learning about life on board the Mayflower and how the ship moved, about the Pilgrims and their life in America, and what inspired the Pilgrims to celebrate the first Thanksgiving.

• Also for first and second graders,  Spending Time with a Pilgrim from East Central Ohio Educational Service Center will engage your classroom in the life of a pilgrim, covering the reasons for leaving England, the harsh first winter, and the friendships that were developed with the Native Americans.

• Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center offers two videoconferences this time of year perfect for Thanksgiving studies: Living in a New Land for prekindergarten through second grade students looks at why the Pilgrims chose to come to the new world, and the settlement they made in the American wilderness. Coming to America! is for third, fourth and fifth grade students and explores the first English settlements in America: Jamestown and Plymouth.

• You may want to consider Holiday Customs and Traditions for your prekindergarten through third grade students. This program, from EarlyWorks Museum, examines Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions in America. What happened in history that began each holiday’s traditions?

• Finally, for a great classroom-to-classroom idea, check out Janine Lim’s recent blog post on her schools’ Turkey Trade collaborations.