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“What they did here will reverberate through the ages. Not because the change they won was preordained, not because their victory was complete, but because they proved that nonviolent change is possible; that love and hope can conquer hate.” President Obama
Saturday marked the 50th.anniversary of the Selma March. President Obama and John Lewis gathered with many others to commemorate this occasion. And, on Monday, we will visit the events in Selma in our Social Studies classroom to experience living history, and how the past connects to the present.
Too, often, I think, we study and teach history as dry events from long ago as written about in lifeless textbooks or taught through boring PowerPoints. We ask our kids to memorize facts and dates, and bore them to tears with dull recitations of events. I think our kids can love the study of history if they can see the connection of past events with the struggles and successes of today, if they can learn about Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through an examination of their complex and brilliant lives not just through close readings of their “famous speeches”.
I’ve seen so many wonderful resources shared on Twitter and Facebook about teaching Selma, and why it’s important to do so. Here are a few:
Footage from the PBS series “Eyes on the Prize”:
The events of March 7, 1965 through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis in this clip from Finding Your Roots:
Part one of Chuck Todd’s interview with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA): The civil rights leader reflects on the march from Selma to Montgomery 50 years later:
President Obama’s speech at Selma:
Rare photographs of the Selma March from the Smithsonian’s collections:
Harvard President Drew Faust‘s Morning Prayers on Friday, “offering the intimate crowd in Appleton Chapel some deeply personal and pointed reflections on her experience with the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago.:
Interactive lessons about Selma and the Civil Rights Movement:
Teaching the events of Selma empowers our students with what the President called, “the imperative of citizenship”, which brave people like John Lewis have been willing to die for ever since we first became our nation.