by U.S. Supreme Court
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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 “The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education” with former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “‘We Shall Overcome’ Speech” and have students think about the relationship between the decision handed down by Chief Justice Warren and the day-to-day reality of life for African-Americans during this time period. Do laws generally respond to changes in cultural sentiment, or do they affect it? Does Johnson present the same ideas in his speech that Warren does in his opinion, or are there differences? How do the speeches compare to one another in terms of tone?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- National Park Service
This informational text discusses the events that led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Pair “The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education” with “The Civil Rights Act of 1964” and ask students to consider the effects of Chief Justice Warren’s decision. How did society’s view of the Civil Rights Movement change as a result of Brown vs. Board of Education? In the context of these texts, does change happen instantaneously? Ask students to explain how America was able to move from Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
PLESSY NEARS ITS END
- The New York Times
The New York Times article “PLESSY NEARS ITS END” discusses the end of the monumental ruling that protected racial segregation until 1956.Pair “The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education” with “PLESSY NEARS ITS END” to provide students more information about the case that overturned the verdict of Plessy v. Ferguson. Why do students think Brown vs. Board was the first case to successfully challenge “separate but equal”? What does the effort to overturn the “separate but equal” ruling in education paired with the ideas in “PLESSY NEARS ITS END” demonstrate about how the larger Civil Rights Movement actually found success?
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Dissenting Opinion
- Justice Hugo Black
In the document “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Dissenting Opinion,” Justice Hugo Black expresses his disagreement with the Supreme Court’s judgment.Pair “The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education” with “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Dissenting Opinion” to provide students with information about another landmark Supreme Court case. Ask students to discuss how these two cases changed students’ experiences in school. How do the justices in the two texts support their opinions on the two court cases?