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Making a Change: The Civil Rights Movement and the First Amendment — Educator Workshop

Educators gain a fresh perspective for teaching about the era's social and political changes, and tools for analyzing social movements today.

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This workshop revisits a time period and movement that educators already know well, but poses new questions: How did civil rights activists use the First Amendment to achieve their goals? How did Martin Luther King Jr. harness the power of the news media? Participants view a Newseum-made documentary based on primary sources that invites them to look at the civil rights movement from a different angle, and then tackle an activity that bridges the gap between social movements then and now. Teachers also receive resources and strategies to bring their new knowledge back to their students.    

Booking Information

Workshops include an interactive lesson with a Newseum educator, a packet of resources and teaching strategies, and a gallery exploration guide. 

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How to register and enroll

For more details on options, customizations and pricing, or to book a workshop, please call the Education reservation line at 202/292-6650 or write to educationprograms@newseum.org. Workshops must be requested at least one week in advance. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled workshop time.

Cancellation policy:

If you need to reschedule or cancel your workshop, please contact the Education Department at 202/292-6650 OR write to educationprograms@newseum.org before the date of your scheduled visit. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no shows or unused tickets.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    Civil Rights
    Voting Rights
  • Theme:
    Historical Connections
  • Level:
    Educators
  • Cost:
    Call for pricing
  • Duration:
    90 minutes - options for longer programs are available
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    between 9 a.m and 3 p.m.
  • Capacity:
    max 36 participants in the Learning Center
    max 60 in the Documentary Theater
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    10 participants
  • Grade:
    Professional Development
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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