Selma, Montgomery and “Good Trouble”
Gary, Mary, and Eryn reflect on a particularly important moment in the civil rights movement, the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. They'll explore how the events of Selma fit into the bigger picture of the civil rights movement and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. What can this march teach us about the significance of turning points in a movement? And what lessons from it are still very relevant today?
Additional BRI Resources
Selma-to-Montgomery Marchers: Diligently Crossing the Bridge
In this lesson, students will review the events of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. They will focus on the marchers’ demonstration of diligence. They will achieve the following objectives.
Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
By the end of this section, you will explain how and why various groups responded to calls for the expansion of civil rights from 1960 to 1980.
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Identity
In this lesson, students will examine events in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., analyzing both his identity and his contributions to American identity.
The Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Movement sought to win the American promise of liberty and equality during twentieth-century America. From the early struggles of the 1940s to the crowning successes of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts that changed the legal status of African-Americans in the United States, the Civil Rights Movement firmly grounded its appeals for liberty and equality in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Rather than rejecting an America that discriminated against a particular race, the movement fought for America to fulfill its own universal promise that "all men are created equal." It worked for American principles within American institutions rather than against them.