Education Programs: Landmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 Educators

Period of Performance

10/1/2009 - 12/31/2010

Funding Totals

$159,728.00 (approved)
$159,728.00 (awarded)

Stony the Road We Trod: Using America's Civil Rights Landmarks to Teach American History

FAIN: BH-50339-09

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL 35203-1911)
Martha V. Bouyer (Project Director: March 2009 to August 2011)

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the history and legacy of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute requests support for a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers titled " 'Stony the Road We Trod': Alabama's Role in the Modern Civil Rights Movement." The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) will serve as the lead institution for a series of one-week scholarly presentations including experiential field studies at civil rights landmarks in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee, Alabama. Teachers selected to take part in this interactive workshop experience will participate in lectures by scholars, meet and interact with iconic leaders and foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement, travel to important civil rights sites as well as sites dedicated to the preservation of civil rights history, review archival film footage and primary sources and use national history standards (or their own state standards) to develop curricular products.

Media Coverage

Via new technology, Nock eighth-graders connect with history (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Alyson Aiello
Publication: Daily News of Newburyport (Newburyport News)
Date: 3/17/2016
Abstract: Article on civil rights unit developed by civics teacher Sally Leety (participant in 2010 Landmarks Workshop) -- Excerpt: "With the help of new technology at Nock Middle School Library, the school’s entire eighth-grade class — 180 students — had the opportunity to interact with a page from American history on Monday as they Skyped with the Rev. Clark Olsen, who was standing by the side of civil rights activist James Reeb when Reeb was beaten to death by white segregationists in Selma, Ala., on March 9, 1965. .... Civics teacher Sally Leety developed the two-week civil rights unit now used across the eighth grade following a National Endowment for the Humanities program for educators in Alabama. 'It was all about bringing the history to the students,' she said."