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The Civil Right Movement in Alabama - Odessa Woolfolk

Video Overview
During 2009, which has been designated as the Year of Alabama History, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is presenting a special series of lectures. These sequential lectures, which will be presented by leading experts in the field, will give you insight into the individuals and major events that shaped Alabama history. As we continue to add a new lecture each month, we will come one step closer to present day Alabama. >
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Please visit the Alabama Department of Archives and History for a listing of the titles in the 2009 series.

Alabama Course of Study

Courses of Study Alabama Course of Study
Social Studies
4th Grade
14.) Analyze the modern Civil Rights Movement to determine the social, political, and economic impact on Alabama
14a.) Recognizing important persons of the modern Civil Rights Movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr., George C. Wallace, Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, John Lewis, Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Hugo Black, and Ralph David Abernathy
14b.) Describing events of the modern Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, the Freedom Riders bus bombing, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March 14c.) Explaining benefits of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Brown versus Board of Education Supreme Court case of 1954
14d.) Using vocabulary associated with the modern Civil Rights Movement, including discrimination, prejudice, segregation, integration, suffrage, and rights

6th Grade
2.) Describe reform movements and changing social conditions during the Progressive Era in the United States.
2e.) Recognizing goals of the early civil rights movement and the purpose of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
9.) Critique major social and cultural changes in the United States since World War II.
9a) Identifying key persons and events of the modern Civil Rights Movement Examples: persons—Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, John Lewis events—Brown versus Board of Education, Montgomery Bus Boycott, student protests, Freedom Rides, Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March, political assassinations

7th Civics
11.) Compare changes in social and economic conditions in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
11b.) Tracing the political and social impact of the modern Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to the present, including Alabama’s role 10th Grade
14.) Trace events of the modern Civil Rights Movement from post-World War II to 1970 that resulted in social and economic changes, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the March on Washington, Freedom Rides, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March.

12th Grade
10.) Describe political, economic, geographic, and social aspects of India’s struggle for self-rule, including Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership utilizing the concept of nonviolent civil disobedience.
10b.) Evaluating the influence of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the modern Civil Rights Movement

High School Sociology
10.) Describe social movement and social change.
10c.) Explaining the impact of the modern Civil Rights Movement, the women’s movement, the gun rights movement, the green movement, and other minority movements in the United States

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Education Sponsors

IQ Learning Network
  • Alpha Foundation
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting