Civil Rights Project

Spreading Knowledge and the Ideals of a Movement


For this assignment, you will have the choice between three different projects. You will select one of the options and submit a project either electronically or on paper. You can use Canva, Word, or other online programs to create your visuals. Each project is slightly different and focuses on a different aspect of the Civil Rights Movement, so please read the directions carefully before selecting which project you would like to complete.

Option #1: Civil Rights Martyr Eulogy

For this project you will select a martyr of the civil rights movement from the list provided in class. You will research the individual's contributions to civil rights and the events surrounding their death. You will then write a eulogy commemorating their lives. A eulogy is a speech that praises a person, often after that person has died. It usually offers both biographical information as well as stories of the individual's personality and accomplishments. It offers inspiration, as well as offering a connection to the person the eulogy is in behalf of.


  • The eulogy must be a minimum of two paragraphs (5-7 sentences each)
  • Must include important background information on the individual - their life, families, job, etc. - that helps humanize or relate them to the Civil Rights movement.
  • The eulogy should explain the events surrounding their deaths, if justice was served, or if the case was left unsolved.
  • Eulogies will need to offer some message of inspiration or piece of advice for the future.
  • Must include birth and death dates, and a picture of the individual being eulogized.
  • Must be typed - no handwritten eulogies.

Option #2: I STILL Have A Dream Speech

For this option you will write a speech similar in style to Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Martin Luther King focused his famous speech on his dream of an integrated country, where all citizens were truly treated equally. You will select a topic that you feel is important and has yet to be accomplished. You will write a speech explaining your dream, and the potential results if it is accomplished.


  • Must be a minimum of two paragraphs (5-7 sentences each)
  • Must include your perspective of the problem your topic poses, how it might be solved, and the effects that would come if it were solved.
  • The speech should be positive and inspirational - it should motivate people to join your cause.
  • You must include a list of 5 people, programs, organizations, etc. that support your topic where your audience could go to learn more about it.
  • Must include a picture that corresponds with the topic of the speech.
  • Must be typed - no handwritten speeches.

Option #3 - Civil Rights Protest Diary

For this option you will write a diary entry explaining what it was like to experience a Civil Rights protest. You will select one of the events we have discussed in this unit and write a narrative of the event, as if you were actually there. You may write as if you were a protester, or witnessed the even as an outsider. Remember, diary entries are a very descriptive form of informal writing that vividly expresses sights, sounds, smells, and emotions. You will also include a collage of pictures that illustrates the progress of the protest.


  • Must be a minimum of two paragraphs (5-7 sentences each)
  • Must include a background of the protest, the problem being addressed, what happened in the protest, and what the reaction was.
  • The diary entry should be descriptive and contain emotional reactions to the events.
  • Must include a picture collage that corresponds with the topic of the diary. Your collage must follow the following structure and illustrate the process from one image to the other (using arrows, numbering, etc.):

· An image illustrating the problem that causes the protest

· An image showing the protest itself

· An image showing the reaction to the event

· An image illustrating the effect or result of the protest

  • Must be typed - no handwritten speeches.

Due Date

Wednesday, April 19th, 7:45am

This is an online event.

Projects may be submitted in class or online using the submission form on the class website.