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Glossary Term – Event
Martin Luther King Jr. and others led more than 200,000 civil rights supporters in a March on Washington. There, King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, declaring that “we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Glossary Term – Organization
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is a civil rights organization that was established by Martin Luther King Jr. and other African American leaders just after the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956. The SCLC played a major roll in the Civil Rights Movement. The organization helped to organize the 1963 march on Washington, DC, and worked to secure voting rights for African Americans in the South.
Today’s students have an acute sense of fairness, and they dislike inequality in their lives. As they learn about our country’s history, they want to know why people have been treated unfairly. Why was slavery allowed? Why were Native Americans forced off their land? Why couldn’t women vote? The answers to the first two questions are rooted in economic and political forces of institutionalized racism and greed. This lesson focuses on answering the third question and addressing institutionalized gender discrimination....
This unit is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Teaching Literacy through History resources, designed to align to the Common Core State Standards. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through a step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze and assess primary source material.
Over the course of five lessons, students will read, analyze, and gain a clear understanding of “I Have a Dream,” a speech...