What you'll learn
How did civil rights activists use their individual freedoms (speech, press, religion, assembly and petition) to demand change? How did Martin Luther King Jr. harness the power of the news media? Students learn about this important chapter in U.S. history and how the First Amendment was used as a vehicle for social change. A documentary based on primary sources looks at key dates in the movement and the media’s role in covering the push for equality.
Free, with admission
- Learning Center (max 36)
- Documentary Theater (max 100)
This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability.
Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind.
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Gallery Guide - "Civil Rights at 50"
Making a Change Pre- and Post-Visit Lessons
Making a Change Handouts
To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.
ISTE: 3b. Knowledge ConstructorStudents evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
NCSS Curriculum Standards: NCSS 2Learners examine the institutions, values and beliefs of people in the past, acquire skills in historical inquiry and interpretation, and gain an understanding of how important historical events and developments have shaped the modern world.