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This photograph of Edith Lee-Payne has become an icon of the March on Washington. Lee-Payne was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and had come to the march after seeing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King speak in Detroit. She attended the March on Washington on her 12th birthday.

Photograph by Rowland Scherman, courtesy U.S. Information Agency

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A History of Slavery in the United States
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EDUCATION

A History of Slavery in the United States

Browse through an interactive timeline of America's "peculiar institution."

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: african americans, civil rights, history, slavery, united states
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King became the most important and influential civil rights leader in the United States.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: atlanta, civil disobedience, civil rights, electricity, justice, martin luther king, jr., nobel prize, non-violence, protests
Harlem Globetrotters Play Their First Game
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Harlem Globetrotters Play Their First Game

On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game, in Hinkley, Illinois. They wouldn’t play a “home game” in Harlem, New York City, until 1968.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: athletes, basketball, chicago, civil rights, entertainment, harlem globetrotters, sports
The Politics of Place-Naming
Activity
EDUCATION

The Politics of Place-Naming

Students use an online geographic information system (GIS) to uncover the geographic and social context of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr. They map street locations to identify regional patterns in honoring King, consider issues related to data accuracy, explore the demographic character...

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, datasets, geographic information systems, gis, location, martin luther king, jr., place, street names
Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!

On October 11, 1884, the future “First Lady of the World,” Eleanor Roosevelt, was born in New York City, New York.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: civil rights, eleanor roosevelt, first ladies, politicians, teachers, women
U.S. Suspends Olympic Medalists
Historic Article
EDUCATION

U.S. Suspends Olympic Medalists

On October 18, 1968, the United States Olympic Committee suspended gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their behavior, supporting human rights, during their medal ceremony two days earlier.

  • Best for: Grades 8-11 (ages 13-17)
  • Concepts: athletes, civil rights, human rights, john carlos, olympics, politics, protests, racism, tommie smith
International Day of Non-Violence
Historic Article
EDUCATION

International Day of Non-Violence

On October 2, 2007, the United Nations first celebrated the International Day of Non-Violence.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, independence, mahatma gandhi, non-violence, philosophy, politics, protests, society
8888 Uprising
Historic Article
EDUCATION

8888 Uprising

On August 8, 1988, thousands of citizens protested the authoritarian government of Myanmar, leading to a crackdown that did not end for more than a decade.

  • Best for: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18)
  • Concepts: 8888 uprising, civil rights, democracy, myanmar (burma), protests
International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Historic Article
EDUCATION

International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples

On August 9, 1994, the United Nations first recognized the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

  • Best for: Grades 2+ (ages 7+)
  • Concepts: civil rights, culture, holidays, human rights, indigenous peoples, land use, united nations
14th Amendment Ratified
Historic Article
EDUCATION

14th Amendment Ratified

On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution was certified, guaranteeing the rights and privileges of citizenship to all persons born or naturalized as U.S. citizens.

  • Best for: Grades 8-11 (ages 13-17)
  • Concepts: controversy, engineers in the classroom, laws, reconstruction, supreme court, united states constitution
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the most sweeping piece of American civil rights legislation of the century, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: civil rights, current, laws, politics, united states, voltage
Title IX
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Title IX

On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act went into effect, prohibiting discrimination in all educational programs receiving federal funding.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, education, laws, medium earth orbit (meo), sports, women
Ray Charles Tops the Charts
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Ray Charles Tops the Charts

On June 2, 1962, Ray Charles’ version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the charts, unifying elements of country, soul, jazz, and pop music.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: music, pop culture, ray charles
Equal Pay Act of 1963
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Equal Pay Act of 1963

On June 10, 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. The act outlawed paying men and women different wages for the same work.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: civil rights, equal pay act, laws, women
Zoot Suit Riots
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Zoot Suit Riots

On June 3, 1943, the Zoot Suit Riots broke out between Latino and white communities in Los Angeles, California.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: african americans, latinos, los angeles, low earth orbit , police, race, riots
Remembering JFK
Page
EDUCATION

Remembering JFK

Resources to contextualize the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: assassination, bay of pigs, civil rights, cold war, cuban missile crisis, jfk: the final hours, john f. kennedy, killing kennedy, lee harvey oswald, soviet union
Brown v. Board
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Brown v. Board

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools in its landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

  • Best for: Grades 4-11 (ages 9-17)
  • Concepts: brown v. board, integration, lawsuits, schools, supreme court, united states
Cesar Chavez Day
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Cesar Chavez Day

On March 31, 1927, Mexican American labor organizer Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Today, several states recognize March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: agriculture, auroras, civil rights, farmworkers, holidays, labor, latinos, ufw, united states
Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein

On March 14, 1879, physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, earth, germany, physics, united states
Thousands March for Woman Suffrage
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Thousands March for Woman Suffrage

On March 3, 1913, thousands of people marched from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to support woman suffrage in the United States.

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: civil rights, conflict, parades, voting rights, washington d.c., woman suffrage
Civil Right’s ‘Bloody Sunday’
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Civil Right’s ‘Bloody Sunday’

On March 7, 1965, police and a citizen “posse” attacked marchers attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, an event that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement as “Bloody Sunday.”

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: alabama, civil rights, conflict, law enforcement, protests, voting rights
Rosa Parks Arrested
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Rosa Parks Arrested

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, because she refused to give up her bus seat to another passenger.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: boycotts, buses, civil rights, law enforcement, montgomery, racism, rosa parks
Initial Idea for Japanese-American Internment
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Initial Idea for Japanese-American Internment

On January 14, 1942, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2537.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, forced relocation, japanese american internment, united states, world war ii
Archives of Terror Discovered
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Archives of Terror Discovered

On December 22, 1992, files documenting the fates of thousands of Latin American dissidents were discovered at a police station in Asuncion, Paraguay.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: civil rights, conflict, government, military, paraguay, police, politics, south america, united states
Supreme Court Swears in First African-American Justice
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Supreme Court Swears in First African-American Justice

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: african americans, civil rights, law, lawyers, maryland, politics, slave, supreme court, thurgood marshall