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Selma-to-Montgomery Marchers: Diligently Crossing the Bridge

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.

  • What challenges are you facing?
  • What fears or concerns might you have?
  • What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?

Observation Questions

  • In what ways did the civil rights marchers in Alabama exercise diligence to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and others?
  • The marchers knew they would face violence and many other obstacles, yet they risked their safety and health, even their lives in order to call attention to the struggles of African Americans in the South. What did they understand their identity to be and how did that affect their contribution to the civil rights movement?
  • What did the marchers understand their purpose to be in the events of the spring of 1965?

Discussion Questions
Discuss the following questions with your students.

  • What is the historical context of the narrative?
  • What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
  • How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
  • How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
  • How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
  • What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
  • Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
  • How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
  • Students will analyze the civil rights marchers’ diligent actions in persisting against many obstacles to call attention to the need for a federal law to protect voter registration.
  • Students will understand why diligence is an essential virtue in their own lives.
  • Students will act diligently in their own lives to protect freedom.

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