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Civil rights

Art, Sights, and Sounds of the Movement

The Civil Rights Era during the 1950s and the 1960s were a monumental time period for the United States. The nation was at a crossroad. Many prominent leaders and organizations struggled to gain civil rights for African Americans who hampered by discrimination and institutional racism. The Civil Rights Era resulted in the passage successful legislation and litigation such as Brown v Board of Education and the Voter Rights Act of 1965. The following slides depict scenes from the era. Please answer the accompanying questions.

Where do you think the three men are located? What are the professions of three men? Look at the gentleman sitting down. What does his possessions represent? The sign above the door reads No Admittance. Judging from the two standing mens posture, who are they seeking to keep out and why? Read the caption above the drawing. What kind of opinions do you think the two standing men

have for the man in the seat?

If you were in the seated mans position what would you do?

What are the two men doing in the drawing? Look at the man standing up. What do you think he does for a living? Why would voters have to take a literacy test? The man who is seated asked the other gentleman a question. What does his question say about his education level? What would be your reaction if you were forced to take a literacy test in order to vote? What actions would you take if you felt that your constitutional rights were being violated?

What are the people standing in line for?

Compare and contrast the two people next in line with the rest of the people in the drawing. What are the similarities and differences? The hostess seems to be apprehensive. Why? Read the quote above the drawing. What does the quote say about the restaurants policy and the two patrons in line? Imagine you are one of the patrons standing in line. If there was a question whether or not if you were going to be seated, how would you handle it? What would you say about businesses that discriminate against people of color?

What is the father and son attempting to do? What is the name of the church? Is there a discrepancy with the name of the church and the title of the sermon? How do you think the gentleman and his son felt after they were not welcomed in the church? If you wanted to enter a place of worship and were denied entry, how would you react? Is there an appropriate time ever to use discrimination?

What is the man in the drawing doing? What is his occupation? The man has a patch on his arm. Does his occupation and the patch have any historical meaning? Read the caption above the drawing and analyze the mans demeanor. What do you think is the source of his amusement? If you had the opportunity to address the man in the drawing, would you say? What impact did the march in Selma, Alabama have on the country?

What are the people doing in the photo? What do all the people in the picture have in common? What are the people advocating for? Whats the significance of the American flag and the signs in the picture? Pretend youre at the rally, what type of conversations would you likely hear? Do Americans have the right to free speech, even when it may be hurtful to certain groups?

Who are the authority figures in the picture? How do you know? How is the man being arrested dressed? In your opinion, does the man being arrested seem to pose a threat? Imagine that five police officers were about to arrest you for protesting peacefully in your town, what would you do? What is the historical significance of peaceful protests in the U.S.? If you were one of the police officers in the picture, how would you handle peaceful demonstrations? Do you have any choices?

What appears to be happening in the photo? What do the young people all have in common? Why do you think the three people in the photo were sprayed? Who do you think is responsible for spraying the water at the three young people? How do you know?

Describe the emotions of the three people. How do you think they feel?
If you happen to be walking down the street and saw this scene, how would you respond?

Where do you think the people are going? How do you know? How would you describe the mood of the African American lady in the front of the crowd? The lady standing next to the woman dressed in black seems to be angry. Why? Imagine youre in the crowd, what do you think the angry lady is saying? If you were in the position of the African American woman, would you respond to the angry lady? How? Whats the historical relationship between African Americans and education?

Where do you think the mother and daughter were located? Whats the significance of the newspaper headline? What impact did the information from the newspaper have on the country? If you were the mother in the picture, how you explain the news information to the young girl? Pretend that you picked up your daily newspaper and read the same headline from the picture, what would be your reaction? What happens to the young girl in the picture? Is she afforded better opportunities now? Why or why not?

Who is the man giving the speech and whats his title? In the speech, the gentleman refers to a moral issue? What is he referring to? What type of legislation did the speech lead to? What were the bonds of injustice mentioned in the speech?

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What kind of reactions do you think most Americans had towards the speech?
If you had the opportunity to add to the speech, what would you say?

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Who is the man giving the speech? What is he famous for? How do you feel about his opinions on African Americans and the United States? What did you notice about the audience? Compare the speaker to Martin Luther King Jr. Are there any similarities? Differences? From the brief clip, would you be likely to support the speaker and his organization? Why or why not? 8

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Who is the speaker and what is his historical significance? What organization did the speaker belong to? Would you classify the speaker as a militant? Why or why not? Take a look at the audience. Most of the attendants are whom? Is this important? How does the speakers views contrast with other activists you know of? Summarize the speech in your own words. How would you describe the speaker and his message? MQ

Who is the man giving the speech? Why is he important? What was the name of the organization he help found? What kind of things was the speaker advocating for? What kind of response did the speaker receive from the audience? Do you agree with the speakers platform? If so, what parts?

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Identify the speaker. Why is he important?

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What was his occupation?

Where did this speech most likely took place?

What was the basis of the speech?

The speaker talked about the definitions of black and white in the dictionary. Does he make a convincing argument? The speaker is famous for his oratory skills. If you had to name this speech, what would it be?