- Easier - Civil
rights means that people have the right to be
treated the same regardless of their race, gender,
or religion. These rights are law in the United
States and many other nations.
- Harder - Civil
rights are guaranteed by law but took many years to
achieve. For example even after the Civil War,
African Americans were treated badly. They got the
worst jobs and were paid poorly. Blacks and white
were segregated. In other words, they were kept
separate in public places including at theaters,
restrooms, schools and in transportation. The
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 to push for civil
rights. In a case called Brown vs. Board of
Education, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 ruled
that segregation of public schools by race violates
the Constitution. In the 1950's and 1960's Martin
Luther King Jr. became known as the leader for the
nonviolent civil rights movement.
- Although often associated with the plight of
African Americans, other groups have also fought
for their civil rights including women, immigrant
groups (Irish, Chinese, Japanese), and religious
Civil Rights Review
- This site speaks out on today's civil rights
issues, the new Civil Rights Movement
Rights Law and History
- This site discusses federal civil rights laws
and give examples from history that led to their
Up For Your Rights at American
- This site talks about civil rights; featured
are women and the vote, school desegregation, and
religious freedom. Profiled are Anne Hutchinson,
Alice Paul, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
of the Civil Rights Era
- Three distinct visions of the future (Kennedy,
King and Malcolm X) are reflected in selected audio
- Choose a project and use the links
below to solve the problem or create a
- Civil Rights Enforcer. The
Civil Rights Division of the Department of
Justice is in charge of making sure that
civil rights are defended. Explore the
Rights Law and History site and choose
a group (Americans with Disabilities,
American Indians, Japanese Americans,
Institutionalized Persons) that has had
problems with their civil rights in the
past. Trace their progress and create a
slide show in PowerPoint to share with a
- Issue Investigator. Civil
rights problems are often associated with
a particular barrier such as employment,
voting, housing, or wages. Explore one of
these problems and trace whether there is
still a problem. Write a letter to the
editor about the problem.
- The Voices. Listen to some
of the Civil Rights Era . In small
groups, explore one of the following civil
rights leaders: John F. Kennedy, Martin
Luther King, Gandhi, Elijah Muhammad, or
Malcolm X. Create a chart that compares
and contrasts the perspectives of these
- Just Me. There are many people
who have become civil rights advocates
because of their actions. Rosa Parks and a
bus, Jackie Robinson and a baseball,
George Washington Carver and the peanut
are just a few. Choose a person and create
a visual that represents their
- Examine Brown Vs. the Board of
Education. Many people consider
vs. Board of Education to be the most
important case in civil rights history.
Recreate this time period and the
- Complete a Civil Rights
WebQuest. Follow or adapt the
procedures found at one of the following
- 1) Civil Rights Leaders in the 20th
Century: Justice for All? by L. Clark, W.
Clemons, A. Delgado, and S. Rivas (Grade
- 2) Civil Rights Movement by J. Wilson
- 3) Civil Rights WebQuest (Grade 6-8)
- 4) Civil Rights WebQuest by K.
Walthall (Grade 9) http://www.aea2.k12.ia.us/Curriculum/webquest/walthall/civilrightswebquest.htm
- 5) Civil Rights WebQuest: Imagine . .
- 6) Civil Rights of the 1960's (Grade
- 7) Civil Rights WebQuest http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/sms/civilrights/civilrightswebquest.html
- 8) Civil Rights Movement: A
- 9) Experiencing the Sit-Ins: A Civil
Rights WebQuest (Grade 11)
- 10) Little Rock 9, Integration 0?
- Be a Reader. Read the Newbery
award winning book, The
Watsons Go to Birmingham. The book
takes place in 1963.
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- This website, created by high school students,
focuses on preconditions for change, the Montgomery
bus boycott, Brown Vs. the Board.
Rights Movement: Turbulent Times (2000
ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
- This site covers the major events of the Civil
Rights Timeline: Jan. 15, 1929 - Dec. 21,
- This is the site of a student's timeline of the
Civil Rights Movement.
for Equal Rights (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- This site concentrates on the Civil Rights
Movement during the turbulent 60s.
at Last: The Civil Rights Movement in the United
States (2001 ThinkQuest Junior
- Did you know that in the 1950's Blacks weren't
allowed to eat in the same restaurants as Whites,
weren't allowed to drink out of the same drinking
fountains as Whites, and often weren't allowed to
Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate: Beyond the Playing
- (National Archives and Records
- This site contains numerous records relating to
Jackie Robinson, many which pertain to his period
of civil rights advocacy.
and Society (1997 ThinkQuest
- The historical U.S. Supreme Court civil rights
case of Brown vs. the Board of Education is
to Civil Rights for African-Americans (1998
ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- The website investigates a turbulent time in
American history through the biographical stories
of Civil Rights leaders.
on Black History (1998 ThinkQuest
- In 1940, Booker T. Washington became the first
black American to be honored on a U.S. postage
stamp issue. Since then, other black Americans have
been honored as individuals and/or depicted as
representatives of their race in different
categories such as civil rights, sports, science,
and music on U.S. stamps.
- More Sites
Action: Two Views by J. L. Jackson
and A. Williams
- Special Feature from The World & I -
investigate the opposing opinions of Jesse Jackson
and Armstrong Williams on the issue of Affirmative
Civil Rights Movement
- The site covers American Civil Rights from
early 1900 through 1970.
vs. Board of Education
- Explore background information, facts about the
case, and sound clips from the people
Rights Oral History Bibliography
- Here is a detailed guide to over nine hundred
oral history interviews about the civil rights
movement in Mississippi.
Rights: A Status Report
- This site contains a history of the movement
from the discovery of the New World to the present
Rights: Law and History (U.S. Department
- These pages describe the federal civil rights
laws and give examples from history that led to
Rights Era (African American Odyssey,
Library of Congress)
- Here exhibits from historic archives explain
how the black community experienced this postwar
period with desegregation, legal victories, protest
marches, and more.
- This educational site starts with the
foundation and philosophy of the movement and then
covers the people and events.
Sit Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement
by Jim Schlosser, News & Record
- At this site, read and hear about the events
from the participants themselves.
I Fought For Civil Rights at My Story:
- You can view pictures of the Civil Rights
Movement, relive the bus boycott, and meet Rosa
Parks. Click on Teacher's Guide for classroom
Civil Rights Museum
- Housed in the Lorraine Motel, this Museum has
been described as an 'in-your-face' look at the U.
S. struggle to live up to its Constitutional
responsibility of guaranteeing an equal and fair
of the American Civil Rights
- These pages profile the major milestones in the
Civil Rights movement from 1954 through 1965,
starting with Brown vs. Board of Education and
ending with the march from Selma.
- This website includes a map and information on
important people and places in the Civil Rights
- Websites For Teachers
Rights: Casualties of Wartime (Grade
- This lesson plan examines the issue of wartime
and its effects on civil rights.
Rights History at National Archives and
- This lesson has learners identifying key civil
rights events and issues between 1957 and 1972 by
analyzing archival documents.
Rights Movement (Grade 9-12)
- The students will gain an understanding of the
events of the Civil Rights Movement and its context
in African-American history, outline the
contributions of leaders, and develop an original
piece of self-expression on the topic of Black
History based on research using traditional and
Bridges by D. Archibald (Grade
- Students learn about being patient, courageous,
hopeful, and peaceful, by studying the experiences
of Ruby Bridges in the South. Includes lesson plan
and activity ideas
of Jim Crow (Grade10)
- Students will understand the content of the Jim
Crow laws, their impact, and connect Jim Crow laws
with racial conditions of the 20th century.
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