Explore The Civil Rights Era With Google Cultural Institute

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Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take your students to any museum in the world to experience our culture first hand? Unfortunately, because of funding and geography constraints, many schools are lucky to stay open, much less fund a trip to even a local museum.

Thanks to Google Cultural Institute, you can now take students on a virtual tour of primary documents, photographs, speeches, videos, and more of historical events and places all over the world — including the civil rights era.

Exhibits include:

These exhibits are full of commentary regarding the original photographs, videos, letters, legislation, and other artifacts of the times.

You can listen to President John F. Kennedy’s speech on Civil Rights:

TNC:262 (excerpt) JFK on Civil Rights

TNC:262 An excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s June 11, 1963 radio and television address to the American people on civil rights. Copyright Status: This film is copyrighted and may be licensed by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. See this link for more information about licensing this footage: http://www.jfklibrary.org/About-Us/News-and-Press/Press-Policy/Licensing-CBS-News-Footage.aspx

You can view original legislative documents.

Senators Mike Mansfield and Everett Dirksen - Democrat of Montana and Republican of Illinois - have taken President Kennedy's bill, and revised it. Now there are multiple versions.
Senators Mike Mansfield and Everett Dirksen – Democrat of Montana and Republican of Illinois – have taken President Kennedy’s bill, and revised it. Now there are multiple versions.

You can see photographs of the people and events of the time.

Members of the Little Rock Nine
Members of the Little Rock Nine and Former Governor Faubus at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Civil Rights Conference

This is a wonderful resource for students and teachers. You can also look for other topics to explore here.

 

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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