Civil Rights and Civic Action

African American woman being carried to police patrol wagon during demonstration in Brooklyn, New York


This lesson provides students the opportunity to deepen their understanding and personal integration of the concept of commitment to civic service. In the lesson, students will examine the historic contribution of young people in shaping positive changes in America using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Students will explore the civic service accomplishments of young people to help bring about social change and identify the potential of young people in creating positive change through civic service. Students will then identify characteristics of civic activists as well as current problems or causes about which they are passionate and draft an action plan to affect change.

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High School


Civics, Social Studies


60-80 minutes.


civic action, civic activists, civic service, civil conversation, civil rights, protest, youth


Citizen U


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