Civil Rights Activities
World Studies 2
Do you feel the two cases can be compared or not?
Activity #1- Event Jigsaw
1) Brown Vs. The Board of Education (1951)
2) Little Rock Nine (1957)
3) Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956)
4) March on Washington (1963)
Mrs. Park's mug shot after her arrest for not giving up her seat to a white man,
Little Rock 9
Armed guards escort students to school.
March on Washington
200,000 people showed up in Washington to protest Civil Rights issues.
Activity #2- Montgomery Comic Book
What events brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into the national spotlight?
What myths still exist today around the story of Rosa Parks.
Answer the following questions and be prepared to discuss:**
1) According to the story, what role did Rosa Parks play in the Montgomery bus boycott?
2) What role did the African American ministers and leaders of the civil rights movement play?
3) What role did ordinary people play?
4) Was there a strategy involved or did these events "just happen"?
5) How did people get around riding the buses?
6) Was it easy to keep up the boycott? Why or why not?
7) How did Dr. King respond to the violence that was directed at his family? Why?
8) How do you think this relates to the idea of leaders being role models and leaders "showing the way"?
9) In the story, the narrator quotes Reverend Ralph Abernathy: "Those arrests were last minute desperation measures on the part of those who knew that some day soon, right and justice would prevail…" What do you think of this statement?
The non-violent techniques demonstrated in this comic book were used by The Fellowship of Reconciliation to teach those participating in the Civil Rights movement in the late 1950's. This comic was circulated throughout the South during the movement in an effort to teach, inspire and unite. Today, the book has been translated into Arabic and has been distributed to people in the Middle East to encourage non-violent change.
Skim (Read the bolded numbered sections and then skim everything else) this article about Rosa Parks. Be prepared to discuss.
1) What is our cultural image of Rosa Parks?
2) Who was Rosa Parks?
3) Why is it speculated that Rosa Parks was picked to galvanize the Montgomery Bus Boycott? How did her arrest link to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement?
** Lesson taken from Morningside Center for Social Responsibility
Activity #3 Speech Webquest: Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X
Martin Luther Kind Jr.
The questions to answer for each of these speeches will be provided in class. If you lose your questions or are not in class, please refer to the following website. All speeches and questions are within the PDF file attached to the link Black Separatism Worksheet #1. You many create the question chart on your own paper and turn it in without needing to print the whole file.
Activity #4 Cesar Chavez DBQ
Step 1: Reading and Class Discussion on "Heartless Harvest"
(If you are present in class to read this we will discuss it, if you are absent please write a 1 paragraph description on the lifestyles of the two families from the article.)
Activity #5 - Civil Rights for Women
Step 1: Title IX Pro's and Con's
2) Then meet with others who have read the SAME article and complete questions 3-10. Develop a small presentation to present your article and questions to the class. Teach the class the views in your article.
3) After you have listened to all the presentations, answer the critical thinking questions 1-3. Provide your opinion on Title IX.
Article in Support of Title IX
Articles in Opposition to Title IX