Key People, Events, and Groups
of the American Civil Rights Movement
Union Endicott High School
Grade Level: 11th
Time Allotment: Two weeks
Overview: Students will be studying the roles that both
individuals and groups played in the struggle to achieve civil and human
rights from immediately after the Civil War until the late 1960s.
Students will also study the key events of the movement. Students in
groups of two will us a teacher-created web page on the Civil Rights
movement to design poster-board illustrations and PowerPoint presentations
on an event, person, or group associated with the Civil Rights movement.
After researching their topic, they will present their findings to the
class supported by a one-page handout with key information summarizing
Subject Matter: After studying the
Jim Crow Era, students will focus topically on the African American Civil
Rights movement in the United States. They will look at life in a
violent, segregated, and racial United States. They will understand the
differences of opinion on and tactics used by major civil rights leaders
and groups in their efforts to promote equality in the United States.
Students will see the different events associated with the movement and
whether or not these helped to bring about governmental change for
African-Americans. Student will focus on those who helped bring about
change and those who tried to impede it.
Objectives: Students will work in groups of two to create a
visual illustration of on the of the following: an event, person, or group
associated with the Civil Rights movement. They will investigate one of
the following and explain their findings to their classmates using a
Individuals can include, but are not limited to: W. E. B. DuBois, Booker
T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Ida Wells Barnett,
Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Emmett Till,James
Meredith, James Farmer, Elizabeth Eckford, Fannie Lou Hamer, Langston
Hughes, and Malcolm X.
- How was this person involved with the Civil Rights movement?
was this person involved with the movement?
- What was their
opinion/philosophy as to the best way to achieve equality in the United
- What were some of the events this individual was associated
with or what events did this individual help bring about?
successful was this individual in bringing about change?
- What were
some of the obstacles this person had to overcome in his/her struggle?
Groups can include but are not limited to: ACLU, AUAA, Black Panther
Party, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, CORE, Black Muslims, Black Baseball's Negro
Baseball Leagues, and the KKK. Events
- How was this group involved in the Civil Rights movement?
- When were they involved in the movement?
- What was their philosophy as to the best way to achieve equality in the United States?
- What were some of the events this group was associated with or what events did this group help to bring about?
- How successful was this group in bringing about change?
- What were some of the obstacles this group had to overcome in its struggle?
Events can include, but are not limited to: The Harlem Renaissance,
Jim Crow Era, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little-Rock Arkansas, Greensboro
Sit-Ins, March on Washington, Selma March, Birmingham, Freedom Rides, Long
Hot Summers, and Urban Race Riots.
did this event occur?
- Describe the event. What was the reaction of
white segregationists, the government, and other civil rights leaders?
- How was it associated with the Civil Rights movement?
- What was
this particular event trying to achieve?
- Name key figures and
individuals associated with this event.
- Did it achieve that goal?
New York State
Standards: Social Studies Standard 1: History of the U.
S. and New York Social Studies Standard 2: World History
Social Studies Standard 3: Geography Social Studies Standard 4:
Economics Social Studies Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and
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