Civil rights questions for students
Celebrating civil rights icon martin luther king jr.
In 1954, the Civil Rights Movement began. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which abolished institutionalized ethnic discrimination, disenfranchisement, and racial segregation in the United States, is considered to have ended it.
As we try to promote racial equality across the world, it’s useful to look back on the strides we’ve made in order to better address our current challenges. For questioning others or personal reflection, here is a list of Civil Rights Movement discussion topics and questions.
Don’t refer to racism as a “past” issue. Strides toward racial equality are still being made today, despite the fact that bigotry and hatred have not yet been overcome. In 2020, NAACP leaders and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson released a joint statement calling for greater cooperation to fight institutional racism and individual bigotry: “Unitedly, we announce that the responses to racism, prejudice, discrimination, and hatred will not come from government or law enforcement alone.” Solutions will emerge as we open our hearts to those who live lives different from our own, work to form true friendship ties, and see each other as the brothers and sisters we are—for we are all children of a caring God.”
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This annotated inquiry guides students through a peaceful direct-action demonstration investigation of the civil rights movement. Main Concept 11.10, Social and Economic Change/Domestic Problems (1945–Present), is the focus of this investigation. The compelling question “What made peaceful resistance successful during the civil rights movement?” challenges students to consider the means of achieving the civil rights movement’s numerous goals, including the end of segregation, the acquisition of voting rights, and true equality as people. This investigation takes place during a pivotal period in the civil rights movement, when a vast number of individuals and groups strategically decided to use strategies that seemed counterintuitive on the surface but produced successful results.
What was it about peaceful activism that made it so effective during the civil rights movement? Construct an argument (e.g., a concise description, a poster, or an essay) based on specific arguments and historical proof. Build a statue or museum for peaceful civil rights heroes and offer a justification for its creation to articulate these claims.
History of the civil rights movement
In 1951, 21 states in the United States mandated that black and white students attend separate schools. Barbara Johns, a young African American girl, realized something wasn’t right and that she had to do something about it. Her courage resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision that forever changed the world.
“Change does not arrive on its own timetable, but rather as a result of constant struggle. As a result, we must straighten our backs and fight for our independence. You can’t be ridden by a man unless your back is bent.”
This Baptist minister rose to prominence as a key figure in the civil rights movement. At the 1963 March on Washington, his speech “I Have a Dream” encapsulated the historic vision behind the movement for African American equality.
He was a well-known black lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that overturned “separate but equal” in American schools. Marshall went on to become the Supreme Court’s first African-American justice.
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It’s a difficult subject to start a conversation about if you don’t have the right tools and resources. However, February is Black History Month, which might be a good time to launch a discussion about civil rights.
You may be wondering if your kids are old enough to talk about such a serious topic. Consider this: health experts claim that children as young as two and three years old will distinguish between races. Wouldn’t it be easier if their first race talk came from you, the parents, rather than from a school-aged kid reinforcing what they’ve learned elsewhere?
Toddlers and preschoolers do not fully comprehend current affairs, but they are extremely impressionable. It might be the ideal time to discuss race, inequality, and civil rights in a way that makes sense.
“Young children need loving adults to help them build a strong sense of self and a respectful view of others,” writers Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards wrote. Adults must assist them in navigating and resisting the negative effects of bias and discrimination. The basis for a developmental and experiential path that continues into adulthood is laid in a person’s early childhood years.”