Paired Texts > Women in the Civil Rights Movement
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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 “For King’s Adviser, Fulfilling the Dream ‘Cannot Wait’” with “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” to provide students with another perspective on the March on Washington. Ask students to compare how the two texts present women’s contributions to the march. Are students surprised that Mahalia Jackson was not allowed to speak, despite the respect that Martin Luther King, Jr. had for her? Why or why not?
In "The Women of Hidden Figures," Jessica McBirney describes three famous African American women who performed crucial work at NASA during the Space Race.Pair “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” with “The Women of Hidden Figures” and ask students to discuss how the experiences of African American women were affected by both their race and gender. How did the treatment of African American women in NASA compare to the treatment of white women? How do both texts explore how African American women were denied certain opportunities and recognition because of their gender and race?
In the informational text "Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus," Barrett Smith discusses some of Rosa Parks' lesser known, but equally important, accomplishments.Pair “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” with “Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus” to provide students with additional information about how women contributed to the movement. Ask students to discuss why the actions of women during the Civil Rights Movement were often minimized or ignored. How does “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” explore how Parks’ gender influenced her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement?
In "Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement," Maria Godoy discusses Georgia Gilmore, a woman who helped feed and fund protesters during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.Pair “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” with “Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement” and ask students to discuss how women contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. How do the actions of the women in “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” compare to Georgia Gilmore’s actions? Why do students think these women’s stories and contributions aren’t as widely known as other activists of the time?
In the informational text "Rosie the Riveter," Barrett Smith explores the WWII origins of Rosie and her impact on social movements.Pair “Rosie the Riveter” with “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” and ask students to discuss how Black women were impacted by the demand for workers during World War II. How did Black women’s skin color impact the employment opportunities they had, in comparison to white women? In what ways were Black women excluded from participating fully in movements for women’s rights and civil rights?
In the informational text "Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin," Margot Adler discusses the not widely known actions of Claudette Colvin in the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” with “Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin” to provide additional information about lesser known women of the Civil Rights Movement. How were Black women often prevented from participating in the Civil Rights Movement? How do their experiences compare to Claudette Colvin’s experience? Ask students to discuss why it’s important to discuss the contributions of Black women and girls in the Civil Rights Movement.
In "Dusting," the speaker expresses her desire to be different from her mother.Pair “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” with “Dusting” and ask students to discuss the theme of anonymous women. How does the author of “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” feel about the forgotten role of women in the civil rights movement? How does the speaker in “Dusting” feel about the way her mother is anonymous? What different reasons do these texts present for why women may receive less attention?