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Electronic Field Trip: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement
Join New York Times best-selling author and youth advocate Wes Moore as he leads a special youth town hall discussion about race, racism, and other issues of equality. Streaming live on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Throughout 2015, events across the nation focused attention on concerns in minority communities and racial perceptions in America, resulting in renewed public dialogue about race relations and other issues of social justice. This ongoing dialogue includes not only questions about the policing of black communities, but also educational inequality and the school-to-prison pipeline, the LGBTQ rights movement, immigration reform, and the rebuilding of our communities. This field trip is brought to you by Alabama Public Television and American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.  
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Webinar: Illuminating Social Justice Issues Through Authentic Student Projects
Join PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Michael Hernandez as he explores how teachers of all grade levels can design meaningful social justice projects.

Civil Rights for the Classroom: Then & Now

While some consider the Civil Rights Movement part of the distant past, many of the problems that fueled the fight are still with us. PBS LearningMedia helps to lend context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights movement’s first three decades (1954-1985). The resources also capture the issues and activists involved in the struggle today – those making headlines, stirring debate, and trending on social media. The collection features content from PBS programs including Eyes on the Prize and Freedom Riders. View Full Collection



Here’s a preview of the type of resources and videos available in this collection:
Civil Rights: Then

Civil Rights: Now

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The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:00pm

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU graduates helped launch the civil rights movement, built the black middle class, and staffed the pulpits of black churches and the halls of almost every black primary school before the 1960s. But after desegregation, some people began to ask whether HBCUs had outlived their purpose. Yet for the students who attend them, HBCUs still play a crucial — and unique — role.

Ernie Davis

In 1939, the city of Elmira, in Chemung County, became home to a sports legend. During high school, Ernie Davis excelled at a number of different sports, but had a natural athletic gift for football. In 1958, Davis became a running back for Syracuse University where he flourished. Number 44, as he became known, was an integral part of the university’s team and Davis was selected Most valuable Player in 1960, for the vital role he played in the Cotton Bowl.

In 1961, Ernie Davis became the first African-American player to receive college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary

WSKG IS COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC MARCH ON WASHINGTON THAT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 28, 1963. Local marchers and organizers have shared their stories with us. A national documentary, The March, will premiere on August 27th at 9:00pm on WSKG TV. And we also want to hear from you. Join in a live chat during the premiere on August 27th, and interact with national and local figures, including SCLC Director of Education and Ithaca resident Dr. Dorothy Cotton, during a day-long Digital March online screening and live chat.

Ithaca College Professor Preserves Civil Rights History and Connects Students to the Past

James Rada had an idea – to record the voices of everyday people who participated in the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963. Rather than focusing on notable figures from the Civil Rights movement, the Ithaca College professor and documentarian interviewed the foot soldiers, people who drove, hitchhiked and walked to the march and for the opportunity to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak. “We know many of the big names from that day. They’ve been interviewed, they’ve been profiled, they have their own historians. But the strength of the March on Washington, the strength of democracy, is not that one individual… it’s those 250,000 people,” Rada says.

What do Today's Kids Think About the March on Washington?

August 28th, 2013 marks 50 years since the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. WSKG joins the nation in commemorating the anniversary with a series of 50th Anniversary shows, videos, live chats and more. As part of that series, we interviewed local community members who attended and played active roles in the march. Many locals were young when the march happened, but they remember it well. We started to wonder: what do today’s kids think about an event that happened 50 years ago, long before they were born?