The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives

January 26, 2021

Last Updated on by Jane Higgins

This NEH summer institute was designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Teaching for Change.

Participants (classroom teachers in grades 5-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will have the unique opportunity to learn from the people who made the civil rights movement happen, and from the leading scholars of the era.

The following narratives will serve as the focus of the institute.

1) The Civil Rights Movement was a primary force for the expansion of democracy for all.

2) The Movement was based on the work of thousands of local “ordinary” people who both organized and sustained it.

3) Women and youth were a fundamental part of the leadership and the troops of the Movement.

4) The tradition of protest grew out of a long history of activism and resistance in the Black community.

5) And more.

Dates: July 6-23, 2021 (3 weeks)
Times: 11:00am  ET to 1:30pm ET and 2:30pm ET to 6:30pm ET (Monday to Friday)
Location: Virtual
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
Stipend: $2,850

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