Selma & Voting Rights: Standing Up for Equality

African American demonstrators outside the White House

Overview

Through inquiry into primary sources, students will discover a story of citizens shaping and sustaining our democracy through civic action and will contemplate the import and impact of citizens who strive for equality. This lesson may be used prior to reading a fictional work or poem related to the civil rights movement or in conjunction with a close reading of Lyndon B. Johnson’s March 15, 1965 voting rights address to Congress (in whole or in part).

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Grade

Middle School

Subjects

Civics, English Language Arts

Length

60-80 minutes.

Topics

civic action, civil rights, equality, Lyndon B. Johnson, march to selma, selma, voting, voting rights, voting rights act, voting rights address

Author

Citizen U