Welcome back from vacation! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. As our first order of business this semester, we would like to take a look at civil rights. Teaching the civil rights movement has long been a part of our curriculum, but with a strong emphasis on the pursuit of human rights as it occurred for black Americans during the 1950s and 1960s and a notably absent discussion about how other marginalized groups fought their own, simultaneous struggles. Thus, this week, as we approach the topic, we would like to do something a little different. After extensive research, we have prepared information and identified several websites that you might utilize to redevelop and expand a classroom discussion on civil rights.
Undoubtedly, people such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., contributed profoundly to the civil rights movement; however, only discussing those who have received considerable recognition in popular memory encourages us to leave out key pieces of information regarding other stories embedded within the civil rights movement. For example, the civil rights movement is also known for progressing the rights of other minority groups such as women and Hispanics, who also fought for equal rights. Sometimes, our discussion forgets these other groups and in the process we do them a disservice.