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Change and Resistance

Civil Rights Movements Across the Nation

Essential Questions

Essential questions help organize the content and topics. Exploring the concepts of change and resistance through this collection of photographs will allow students to consider the following questions:

  • What strategies did oppressed groups use to demand an expansion of rights and equal treatment?
  • What are strategies that people can use today to seek societal change and/or expansion of equal rights?
  • Why does the push for societal change often meet with resistance?
  • Why does resistance to change often result in violent responses?
  • What are some reasons that societal changes take so long?

Grade Level

High School

Classroom Connections

English Language Arts
Social Studies
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

  • School integration and the demand for educational reform: Little Rock, Boston, and Los Angeles
  • Voices of change and the use of argument: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Malcolm X’s The Ballot or the Bullet speech, the National Organization for Women’s Statement of Purpose, and the Alcatraz Red Power Movement’s Alcatraz Proclamation

Video Connection



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