Curriculum

Power & Privilege

Privilege means a right or advantage afforded to some and not to others (and at the expense of others) for which you did labor.

Level the Playing Field exercise (external link)

Power-Privilege Checklist


Lynching in Mississippi

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Lynching is a horrific part of the history of racial terror in the United States. Lynching often targeted black men accused of fraternizing with white women, but it also targeted black women and children and sometimes people of other races who were thought to be associated with black people or movements for black freedom. Lynching involved small groups or large mobs of white people who subverted the legal process for black people accused or suspected of actual crimes or of transgressions of the white supremacist social order, such as interracial relationships or economic or political power.

Hundreds of documented lynchings occurred throughout the state of Mississippi.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has an extensive website on the history of lynching in the US, including 654 that occurred in Mississippi: https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/

EJI has a lesson plan for high school teachers and students: https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/report-landing

A key figure in the anti-lynching movement was Mississippi native Ida B. Wells. The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is located in Holly Springs: http://idabwellsmuseum.org/


Curriculum Websites

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These websites have curricula related to civil rights, human rights, and social justice.

International Museum of Muslim Culture, Jackson MS (external link)

Mississippi Department of Education Social Studies framework, including Civil Rights Education in Mississippi (external link)

Southern History Project (external link)

Teaching for Tolerance (external link)

Zinn Education Project (external link)


Bibliographies

The books, articles, and films listed in the documents below are just a starting point for research on these subjects. New works of film, fiction, and scholarship are released frequently.

Freedom Riders Bibliography

Freedom Summer Bibliography

Mississippi Bibliography

Mississippi Filmography


NEH Civil Rights Education Forum

In 2016, the National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for the Winter Institute to host three public forums designed to equip teachers with more tools for teaching about civil rights literacy: Civil Rights Literacy and the Past, Present, and Future of the Common Good

Click these links to see videos of the events at the Jackson and Oxford forums.

Jackson two-day workshop (will be updated soon)

Oxford one-day workshop (will be updated soon)

 

Jackson, MS: April 29-30, 2016

Biloxi, MS: September 10, 2016

Oxford, MS: October 8, 2016


Oral History Resources

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This resource includes guides and examples to assist teachers, students, and others with conducting oral histories in their own communities.

Oral History Association (external link)

The Telling Lives Oral History Curriculum Guide (external link)

Interviewing Quick Guide

Oral History Comprehensive Guide

Oral History Project Overview