The history & legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

North Carolina’s social studies teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium and Playmakers Repertory Company for two engaging days exploring the rich history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Teachers will return to the role of students themselves as University scholars trace the history of the Movement from the 1930s up to today, considering the civil rights struggle within the broader sweep of American history and exploring what the enduring significance of this movement is for all of us.

Participants will also attend Playmakers Repertory’s production of The Mountaintop which imagines Martin Luther King’s last night at the Lorraine Motel. The powerful and heartbreaking tale will allow teachers to explore King the man, an ordinary individual who achieved the extraordinary, and helped us change the way we look at each other as human beings.

In addition, teachers will participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in the middle and high school classroom, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching this complex history. For those who cover civil rights and African American history in their classrooms, this two day event is not to be missed!

Participants will receive:

  • 1.5 renewal credits.
  • access to historical experts.
  • lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium.
  • admittance into “The Mountaintop” at Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
  • dinner on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
  • single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Additional details and the registration form are available on the Consortium’s website.

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