Lessons & Resources

Below are selected lessons and resources from the upcoming edition of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Some resources are still in development. Sign up below to get notified about updates.

Do you have the 2004 edition? Here are the companion handouts.



An overview of the rationale for Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, the lenses used to select the lessons and readings, and the organization of the content.


Critiquing the traditional narrative

Resources to examine and challenge the traditional narratives of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

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Framing the Movement

Resources for framing the Civil Rights Movement for students and ourselves.



Explores the Desegregation of Public Spaces, including schools, transportation, and commercial and government establishments.


Voting Rights

Explores the historical fight for African American Voting Rights, partially won with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and gutted in 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder.


Black POwer

Presents a closer look at the myriad ways the Black Power Movement extended the critique of capitalism and colonialism offered by the Civil Rights Movement.


LAbor, land, and economics

Resources to explore the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and a contemporary struggle over land and the environment on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.


international connections

Connects the domestic Civil Rights Movement with International struggles for human rights, independence, and resistance to colonialism.

Student Engagement and Contemporary Connections

Examines how historical anti-war and criminal justice themes echo in the contemporary movements for Black and Brown lives and explores student projects and activism.