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We Shall Overcome Speech
- President Lyndon B. Johnson
This rousing speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson was delivered right after civil rights protesters were brutally beaten on “Bloody Sunday.” This speech is considered one of the best presidential speeches in history, and eventually led to The Voting Rights Act of 1965.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “We Shall Overcome Speech” and ask students to compare the themes Johnson shares with the themes of the Black Power movement, particularly in regards to unity and responsibility.
For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'
- Michele Norris
On August 28, 1963, approximately 250,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was at this event where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. In this special series from NPR’s Morning Edition, reporter Michelle Norris looks back on this important moment in Civil Rights history.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “For King’s Adviser, Fulfilling the Dream Cannot Wait” and ask students to discuss the difference between what King’s peers and Carmichael’s peers considered essential for achieving racial equality. Ask students to discuss how black lives have been bettered by both the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power movement, as well as how society can continue to improve.
The Sit-In Movement
This informational text discusses the different forms of peaceful protests that civil rights activists employed during their struggle for equality.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “The Sit-In Movement” and ask students to discuss the differences between these two civil rights movements. What are the goals of the movements? How are those goals achieved? Is one movement more effective than the other at achieving its goals?
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
The informational text “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott” explores one moment of resistance that inspired countless others and resulted in breakthrough changes in the United States.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycotts” and ask students to compare the civil rights leaders in the two pieces. How different are these leaders and how do their differences inspire different groups of people?
The Chicano Movement
- Jessica McBirney
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney explores how the Chicano Movement emerged in the 1960s to empower Mexican Americans and created lasting change in education, workers’ rights, and politics.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “The Chicano Movement” and ask students to discuss the similarities and differences between these two civil rights movements. What were the goals of these movements? Was one movement more successful in achieving its goals?
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Malcolm X,” Barrett Smith discusses the life and contributions of the civil rights activist.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “Malcolm X” and ask students to discuss how they see the ideas of Malcolm X reflected in the movement. Why do students think that some African Americans rejected ideas of integration and peaceful resistance? How do you think Malcolm’s murder in 1965 influenced civil rights movements that followed?