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Adventures Online: The Civil Rights Movement

Learn from historians and activists about the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today during five days of online lectures, virtual field trips and interactive discussions.
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Program No. 24202RJ
5 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Civil Rights Movement

Learn from historians and activists about the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today during five days of online lectures, virtual field trips and interactive discussions.
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Do you remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? Can you feel the echoes of that movement reverberating across the country today? Join us on virtual learning adventure as we “transport” you to Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement to learn from experts and activists about civil rights history in America — the history you didn’t read in headlines or textbooks. Over the course of this five-day online program, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what it was like to be a part of the movement during a powerful virtual field trip and from poignant first-hand accounts of major events of the movement. Plus, take part in discussions with fellow participants that will challenge you, enlighten you and perhaps even change the way you see the world.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Hear first-hand accounts from foot soldiers who lived the history, like Sheyann Webb-Christburg, who was known as one of the youngest activists during the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Join the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare and contrast the 1960s era to the racial climate of today and learn how the struggle for equality continues to impact the lives of many Americans.
  • Take part in a virtual field trip across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to learn about the Selma to Montgomery marches and the peaceful protest that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
by Lynne Olsen
A collection of profiles of some of the fearless, resourceful female leaders of the Civil Rights Movement documents the accomplishments of Ida Wells, who led the protest against lynching; Pauli Murray, who organized the first lunch counter sit-in; Jo Ann Robinson, who helped launch the Montgomery bus boycott; and others.
A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law
by Bryan Stevenson, Loretta Lynch, and Sherrilyn Ifill
This blisteringly candid discussion of the American dilemma in the age of Trump brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear. Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, these leading lights of the legal profession and the fight for racial justice talk about the importance of reclaiming the racial narrative and keeping our eyes on the horizon as we work for justice in an unjust time.
Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt
by Hassan Kwame Jeffries
Early in 1966, African Americans in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, aided by activists from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), established an all-black, independent political party called the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO). The group, whose ballot symbol was a snarling black panther, was formed in part to protest the barriers to black enfranchisement that had for decades kept every single African American of voting age off the county’s registration books. Even after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, most African Americans in this overwhelmingly black county remained too scared even to try to register. Their fear stemmed from the county’s long, bloody history of whites retaliating against blacks who strove to exert the freedom granted to them after the Civil War.
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl’s restroom she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life. While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South: from the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.
Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days
by Sheyann Webb-Christburg, Rachel West Nelson Milhouse, Frank Sikora
Sheyann Webb was eight years old and Rachel West was nine when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Selma, Alabama, on January 2, 1965. He came to organize non-violent demonstrations against discriminatory voting laws. Selma, Lord, Selma is their firsthand account of the events from that turbulent winter of 1965--events that changed not only the lives of these two little girls but the lives of all Alabamians and all Americans. From 1975 to 1979, award-winning journalist Frank Sikora conducted interviews with Webb and West, weaving their recollections into this luminous story of fear and courage, struggle and redemption that readers will discover is Selma, Lord, Selma.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
An inspiring examination of the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this book focuses on the children who faced terrifying violence in order to walk alongside him in their fight for freedom.

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