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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.    

Grade(s)
  • 7-12
  • College/University
Duration
50 minutes
Day(s) offered
Monday–Friday
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.–4 p.m. ET
Cost

Free, with admission

Venue and Capacity
  • Learning Center (max 36)
  • Documentary Theater (max 100)
Minimum enrollment
12 participants
Enrollment type
Registration required

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.

We recommend arriving at the Newseum at least 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

You can register by completing our online form, calling 202/292-6650 or emailing educationprograms@newseum.org.

When a school fails to appear for its scheduled Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

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.

  • 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.

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