TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES
A. What were
B. Who do you think was included in
C. Locate three passages within the speech in which
E. How might
F. What social or political problems does
G. Does the fact that
H. Do you think that President Clinton was wise to abandon
his original fund-raising speech to talk about racism in the
I. What does
J. Why might
A. Using the search terms "
B. Using a research method of your choice, locate
information about Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson, and Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. For what reasons might
C. Search www.pbs.org to
find out more about Rodney King and Emmett Till. What happened to King and to Till? Why would
D. Read President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 "We Shall
Overcome" speech (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/lbjweshallovercome.htm). How does Johnson's discussion of racial
injustices compare and contrast with
E. How did the Million Man March influence the topics,
arguments, and appeals
F. Although President Clinton did not identify the Nation of
Islam Leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, by name in his speech,
G. Minister Louis Farrakhan responded to
H. Use a reliable dictionary like the Oxford English Dictionary to locate a definition of "civil rights." What does this term mean? Based on this definition, what issues and rights fall within this category?
I. Read President George W. Bush's videotaped speech to the
2001 NAACP National Convention (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/07/20010709-8.html). How is President Bush's approach to race
relations similar to
J. Using an electronic database, locate some past and current articles written about the O.J. Simpson trial. At the time, what racial issues were brought up during the trial? Why might these issues affect how black and white Americans interpreted the verdict differently? What current lessons have we learned as a result of the Simpson trial?
K. What is the purpose of the civil rights movement? What are some of its goals? Who are some of its noted leaders? Use books, articles, and the Internet to formulate specific answers to these questions.
L. What is the Civil Rights Act of 1964? What was its
purpose? What other Civil Rights Acts
M. What is the Voting Rights Act of 1965? What was its purpose? What voting requirements existed prior to the passing of this act? How did those requirements inhibit some citizens from exercising their voting rights?
N. What is the Constitutional Equality Amendment? What does
it propose to do? What social groups does it claim to protect? In your opinion, does
O. Search the Nation of Islam's website (http://www.noi.org/) and be prepared to present a brief description about the organization. What is the Nation of Islam? What are some of the organization's goals? What issues does the organization address? Who are some of the organization's leaders? How does the Nation of Islam fit into the current civil rights movement?
P. On June 14, 1997, President Clinton formally announced
the "President's Initiative on Race" in a commencement address at the
Q. Search through the official One America website (http://clinton3.nara.gov/Initiatives/OneAmerica/america.html). What were the purposes and goals of the
President's Initiative on Race? What
were the purposes and goals of the President's Initiative for One America? Do you think
R. What other speeches (past or contemporarily) have you seen or heard that address civil rights issues? Who was the speaker? What was his or her message?
S. What organizations or clubs in your area work to protect civil rights? What particular issues do they address?
A. What terms would you use to describe the current state of
race relations in the
B. Go to www.npr.org and
perform a search using "civil rights" as your search term. What kinds of stories does this search
return? What issues and controversies do they discuss? Have these stories changed your perception of
the state of civil rights in the
C. Identify a local special interest or political group in your community that addresses issues of civil rights. What civil rights issues concern them? What policies or plans does it promote? How do your views on these issues compare and contrast with the organization?
D. Locate a campus organization that deals with issues of civil rights. What group(s) does it represent? What are its goals? What strategies does this group employ to raise awareness about their issue? In what ways could you contribute to this group?
E. Visit Project Vote Smart (http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm
and enter in your nine digit zip code to locate information about your local
and state representatives. Click on the
name of one
F. Ask a member of your community to identify a civil rights debate that has occurred since the year you were born. Discuss with them how these debates and the issues they brought up have affected you or those around you. Be prepared to share your response with the class.
G. What rights do you have as a citizen of the
H. What groups in society are being denied civil rights? For what differences are they being discriminated against?
I. What are the differences between "symbolic racism"
and "old-fashioned racism"? Is
one worse than the other? What changes
can you make in your own life to prevent or minimize racism in the
J. Interview one of your parents, grandparents, or an elder
in your community. What were race
relations in the
K. Visit the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' web site (http://www.usccr.gov/) and review some of the posted meeting notes, correspondence, and news. What current issues is the commission discussing? How do these issues affect you personally?
L. Visit the gay rights section of the Public Agenda web site (http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/issuehome.cfm) and review the Public Opinion section. What do other Americans think about this issue? What opinions do you have about this topic?