Teaching 1963: Integrating Birmingham’s Civil Rights Legacy in the Social Studies Curriculum Education Symposium
On Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Vulcan Park and Museum invited Birmingham educators to join its commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign with Teaching 1963: Integrating Birmingham’s Civil Rights Legacy in the Social Studies Curriculum. This one-day symposium inspired participants to share with a new generation the stories of triumph and struggle from the Civil Rights Movement. Participants acquired the components of a grade-appropriate one-week unit of study on the 1963 Birmingham Campaign ready to implement in their classrooms and explored local resources and cultural events suitable for classroom or school-wide projects.
Download classroom resources from Teaching 1963: Integrating Birmingham’s Civil Rights Legacy in the Social Studies Curriculum.
You can view videos of each of the Teaching 1963 sessions on YouTube.
Teaching 1963 features Birmingham native and renowned educator Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III speaking on his experience as an educator and eyewitness to the Birmingham Campaign. A child-leader in the movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. He and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he serves as President, were recently featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.
The roster of session leaders includes:
Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr., Professor of History at the University of Montevallo, discussing the strategies and events of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign
Dr. Jeremiah Clabough and Dr. Susan Seay, Assistant Professors of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, modeling elementary, middle, and high school teaching strategies
Dr. Phillip Ratliff, Director of Education at Vulcan Park and Museum, presenting methods for incorporating area cultural institutions in Civil Rights-related lesson plans
For a complete Teaching 1963 Agenda, click here.