Significant People of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA lesson plan PowerPoint

Personalities of the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement in the USA was a time of significant social and political change, and the actions and sacrifices of many brave individuals helped end segregation and discrimination. This lesson plan, “Personalities of the Civil Rights Movement”, focuses on ten of the most influential figures of this era and aims to give students an overview of their lives, achievements and impact.

Rosa Parks was a seamstress who, in 1955, refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white person, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and becoming one of the symbols of the Civil Rights Movement. Medgar Evers was an NAACP field secretary who worked to end segregation in Mississippi and was assassinated in 1963. James Farmer was a leader of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who helped organise Freedom Rides to challenge segregation in the South.

Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights lawyer who argued and won the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Daisy Bates was an Arkansas civil rights leader and newspaper publisher who played a crucial role in the Little Rock Nine case. Stokely Carmichael was a student leader in the Civil Rights Movement who popularised the phrase “Black Power”.

“Bull” Connor was the Commissioner of Public Safety in Birmingham, Alabama who infamously used fire hoses and police dogs to attack peaceful civil rights protesters. Huey Newton was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party, which aimed to empower the black community and address issues of police brutality. Elizabeth Eckford was one of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.

This lesson plan on “Personalities of the Civil Rights Movement”, allows students to conduct mini-research tasks on each of these key individuals, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and the people who helped shape its history. By exploring these figures and their impact, students can better appreciate the sacrifices made by those who fought for equality and justice in the face of incredible adversity.

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Description:Student activities include a mini-research task on each personality and their impact on the Civil Rights Movement in the USA from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Estimated lessons:1-2
Ages14-18 years
Format Word Document

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