The Civil Rights Movement

Use the resources below to collect the information on the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on modern American culture.

Part I

Section 1 - Martin Luther King

  1. Read and annotate /take notes on the overview of MLK. (5 points)
  2. Read annotate /take notes on the Time Magazine Article on MLK. Pick 3 of the questions from the assignment and answer them OR have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your selected questions. (10 points)
  3. Listen and take notes on Mountaintop Speech (Primary and Audio). Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the significance of the speech. (10 points)
  4. Watch and take notes on the HBO documentary – Witness from Room 303 (Oscar Nominated). Write a short review of the documentary reflecting on its historical impact (10 points)
  5. Listen to and take notes on the radio broadcast of MLK’s assassination. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley as to the audio/visual contrast of the event. (10 points)

Section 2 - Prominent Civil Right Leaders

  1. Read and annotate/take notes on the background of Ralph Abernathy. (5 points)
  2. Read and annotate/take notes on background on Medger Evers. (5 points)
  3. Listen to and take notes on Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. (5 points)
  4. Read and annotate/take notes from the PowerPoint on Brown v. Board of Education. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on the significance of the legislation.
  5. Listen to and annotate/take notes on Bob Dylan’s Only a Pawn in their Game. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on the significance of Dylan’ lyrics.  (10 points)

Section 3 - Freedom Summer

  1. Read and take notes on Background on the Freedom Summer (5 points)
  2. Watch and take notes on the video Excerpts of Freedom Riders (5 points)
  3. Watch and take notes on the video Excerpts of Freedom Summer (5 points)
  4. Read and annotate/take notes on Martha Honey – Letter from Mississippi Freedom Summer (She is a white woman from Westport, CT). Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley in which you contrast the content of the letter with at least one other letter. (15 points)
  5. Read and annotate/take notes Testimony of Rita Schwerner (widow of Michael Schwerner). Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley in which you contrast the content of the letter with at least one other letter. (15 points)
  6. Read and annotate/take notes Testimony of Fannie Lou Harmer. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley in which you contrast the content of the letter with at least one other letter. (15 points)
  7. Read and listen to Bob Dylan’s Times They are A Changin. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on the significance of the lyrics in relation to the events of the Civil Rights Movement. (10 points)
  8. Read and annotate/take notes on a Letter from a Freedom Rider’s Father. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about whether you agree with the stance taken by the father. (10 points)
  9. Watch and take notes on Freedom Riders. (10 points).

Section 4 - March on Washington  

  1. View the Background PowerPoint on March On Washington. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the significance/power of imagery contrasting the March on Washington with Obama’s inauguration. (5 points)
  2. Read and annotate/take notes on John Lewis’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial (the original and/or abbreviated texts). Discuss/contrast the speech with MLK’s address on the same day in a conversation with Mr. Buckley (15 points)
  3. Read and annotate/take notes on the excerpts from MLK’s Address at the Lincoln Memorial. Discuss/contrast the speech with MLK’s address on the same day in a conversation with Mr. Buckley (15 points)
  4. Watch and take notes on the footage of MLK’s Speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the visual aspects of the speech that add to the power of the event. (5 points)

Section 5 - Malcolm X

  1. Read and take notes on the overview of Malcolm X. (5 points)
  2. Access the website containing excerpts from Malcolm X. Complete the handout In the Words of X. (10 points).
  3. Watch and take notes on the video Excerpts of Malcolm X and MLK on Non Violence. (5 points)
  4. Read and annotate/take notes on Malcolm X’s speech What does Mississippi have to do with Harlem? (Text and Audio). Take a stance on Malcolm X’s argument and defend it to Mr. Buckley. (10 points)

Section 6 - Black Power

  1. Read and annotate/take notes on the overview of Black Power. (5 points)
  2. Read and annotate/take notes on the overview of the Black Panthers. Answer the questions on the handout. (5 points)
  3. Read the Black Panther News Letter and complete the handout. Select on article/cartoon and have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the views of the Black Panthers. (10 points)
  4. Read and annotate/take notes on the Black Panther’s 10 Point Manifesto. Identify the points you find admirable/questionable and reflect on them (in written form or in a discussion with Mr. Buckley). 10 points
  5. Watch the ESPN documentary on the 1968 Summer Olympics. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on the appropriateness of the actions taken by Smith and Carlos. (10 points)
  6. Read and annotate/take notes on Remember when Athletes Stood for Something (ESPN commentary). Answer the questions provided in the handout. (10 points)
  7. Read and annotate/take notes on Stokely Carmichael’s Black Power speech. Select two the questions provided in the reading and answer them (in written form or orally to Mr. Buckley). (10 points)

Section 7

  1. New York Times Front Pages – Using the book/CD resources from the New York Times, you should review the front page content from the New York Times. Select a year corresponding to a Civil Rights event and review the content. Complete the corresponding handout – be sure to identify who/what you see in the paper, the frequency, and the date in which they appear. (15 points)
  2. Life Magazine resources – The library has volumes of Life Magazines dating back to the 1930’s. You must make an appointment with the librarians to access the stacks. You must have an idea of the time period you would like to look at. You need to identify at least three issues that you feel are relevant and fill out the handout with the relevant information.  (15 minutes)
  3. You may conduct interviews with appropriately aged members of the Darien community. Your interviews must be typed up and indicate the name of the individual as well as their age. You should have at least three (3) interviews (15 points)
  4. Watch and take notes on Inning 6: The National Pastime from the PBS documentary Baseball. (10 points)

Part II

Section 1

  1. Watch and take notes on the SNL episode from December 13, 1975, hosted by Richard Pryor. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the social commentary found in the show. (10 points)
  2. Watch and take notes on Part II and III of When the Levees Broke. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings and the impact on modern American society.
  3. Watch and take notes on the first episode of the Cosby Show. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your observations on American society.
  4. Watch and take notes on the Best of Chris Rock. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your observations about American society.
  5. Watch and take notes on the Best of Eddie Murphy. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your observations about American society.
  6. Watch and take notes on ESPN’s Straight Outa L.A. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the impact of hip hop on American culture.
  7. Watch and take notes on Innings 8 and/or 9 from PBS’ Baseball. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on your insight in regards to race in America.
  8. Listen to and read/annotate the lyrics of A Tribe Called Quest’s song Sucka N***** and have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about usage of the n word in American society.
  9. Watch an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about way in which Black Americans are depicted and the impact on American culture.
  10. Watch an episode of Meet the Browns. Have a discussion about the way Black Americans are depicted in American culture.

Section 2

  1. Read/annotate the readings about affirmative action and the court cases that defined the event. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the impact of the case on American society.
  2. Read article “Prom breaks the Color Barrier” and have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the state of race in America.
  3. Listen to the article on coaches in the NFL. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on the state of race in America.
  4. Review all the information on the Rodney King case and the LA riots. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the impact of the case of American society.
  5. Read/annotate the article The Making of a Man on the Barak Obama’s election. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about the impact of Obama’s election on American culture.
  6. Read/annotate the article What will the Neighbor’s Think in regards to the 2008 election. Have a discussion the state of American culture prior to the election of Barak Obama.
  7. Read/annotate the article Race and the Brain. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about American culture prior to the election of Barak Obama.
  8. Read/annotate the article about the significance of 24 and the role of President Palmer on American culture. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings.
  9. Read/annotate the article on the use of the word n***** in American society. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings.
  10. Read/annotate the article on the Fair Sentencing Act in connection with drug convictions. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings.
  11. Read/annotate the article Rethinking Race in the Classroom and have a discussion with Mr. Buckley on your reaction to the article.
  12. Read articles Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License in La and Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your observations on American culture.
  13. Read/annotate the article Beyond Just Black and White about mixed race children. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your reaction to the reading.
  14. Read/annotate The Open Letter to Tyler Perry. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your reaction to the letter.
  15. Select an article from the New York Times series on Race Remixed. Print and annotate the article and then have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings.
  16. Read and annotate the chapter from Lies Across America about Darien. Have a discussion with Mr. Buckley about your findings.