The Civil Rights Movement, July 9–15, 2017
In 1966, while on the “March Against Fear” from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi, Stokely Carmichael and other members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee began chanting the slogan “Black Power!” For many activists in the Civil Rights Movement—and a critical mass of the larger public—the phrase conjured ominous images of unfettered black violence and nihilism. However, the concept of Black Power was not new in 1966. Carmichael’s declaration was another articulation of the aims and goals of the African American freedom struggle. Since before the founding of the nation, that struggle had been focused on self-determination and full participation and recognition in American society. Spanning the length of the American experiment, this struggle represents the continual effort to confront one of the central contradictions in American life—racial repression woven into the fabric of American freedom.
This seminar examines the historical origins of Black Power and its impact on the United States. Using Memphis, Tennessee, as a focal point, the seminar will explore the political, cultural, and economic elements of Black Power, and the impact of this ideology from the 1960s to the contemporary moment. This seminar is sponsored by Rhodes College and the National Civil Rights Museum. Seminar participants will visit the National Civil Rights Museum, and will also tour The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Historic Beale Street. Participants will get an opportunity to gather information on digital resources and archival material that may be used in the creation of lesson plans and syllabi.
Travel & Accommodations
Memphis International Airport serves more than 90 cities with direct flights, and campus is a short drive from the airport. Please visit the Rhodes College website for more information on directions to campus.
Workshop participants will stay in on-campus residence halls and share rooms with other participants. Bathrooms and common space will be shared on each floor. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.
The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shower shoes, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building, but not within each suite; however, participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.
Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112