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The 2nd Civil Rights Movement


The post-WWII era marked a period of unprecedented energy against the second-class citizenship accorded to Black Americans in many parts of the nation. Resistance to racial segregation and discrimination with strategies such as civil disobedience, nonviolent resistance, marches, protests, boycotts, “freedom rides” and rallies received national attention as newspaper, radio and television reporters and cameramen documented the struggle to end racial inequality.

One hundred years after the “Civil War,” blacks and their white allies still pursued the battle for equal rights in every area of American life.


Using information found across the web, you will interview one of the following Civil Rights Activists (activist assignments projected). You will ask that person 5 prepared questions (stated below the list of names) as well as 3 other relevant and intelligent questions that you are to come up (nothing as simple and short as “where were you born” “how old are you” “where do you live” …).

* All 8 answers are due tomorrow; use a metasearch such as Dogpile or Unabot, or a search engine/directory such as Google or Bing. Be sure to answer each in Google Classroom, in complete sentences for 40 points *

Civil Rights Activists:

1) Medgar Evers

2) Harry T. Moore

3) Representative John Lewis

4) Fannie Lou Hamer

5) Julian Bond

6) Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

7) Aaron Henry

8) Bob Moses

9) Ralph David Abernathy

10) Theodore Jefferson Jemison

11) Ella Baker

12) Asa Philip Randolph

13) Bayard Rustin

14) Whitney Young

15) James Meredith

16) Roy Wilkins

17) Reverend Willie Taylor

18) Joan C. Browning

19) Tobias Simon

20) James Baldwin

21) Ruby Dee

22) Dorothy Height

23) Ed Brooke

24) Elaine Brown

25) Stokely Carmichael


1. What was it like where you lived during the Civil Rights Movement (1955 – 1965)?
2. What made you become a Civil Rights Activist?
3. What issues were you fighting for?
4. What do you believe is the best way to accomplish your goals?
5. What effects have your actions had on society?


Tomorrow, you will participate in a “Pair & Share” activity where you will educate another student about the Civil Rights activist you have interviewed.