The Civil Rights Movement in Texas


Texas History The Civil Rights Era and Modern Industries The Civil Rights Movement in Texas
Students describe and identify key leaders of the civil rights movement in Texas. They work in groups to research Texas civil rights leaders and groups. Then they compare the civil rights struggles of Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas. Finally, they reflect on what positive changes came from the civil rights movement and consider what civil rights issues are still being fought for today.

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In this experience, students describe and identify key leaders of the civil rights movement in Texas. They work in groups to research Texas civil rights leaders and groups. Then they compare the civil rights struggles of Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas. Finally, they reflect on what positive changes came from the civil rights movement and consider what civil rights issues are still being fought for today.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2. You should assign each group one of six topics for research, so there should be at least six groups.

Note that there is no quiz at the end of this experience.

Objectives:
  • Describe and identify key leaders of the civil rights movement in Texas.
  • Compare the civil rights struggles of Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas.




1950s Sign in Dallas Restaurant


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This sign might be difficult for some students to talk about. Remind them that it is an historical artifact, and now it is illegal to display such a sign because of laws brought about by the civil rights movement. Encourage students to share their feelings. Begin the conversation by pointing out a particularly thoughtful response from the wall and asking for reactions.


Even though slavery was abolished at the end of the Civil War, former slaves and African Americans born into freedom did not enjoy the same rights that many of the European immigrants had, especially throughout the former Confederacy states. The civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s sought to gain equal rights for African Americans. In this experience, you will learn about the civil rights movement and its leaders in Texas.​

Objectives:

  • Describe and identify key leaders of the civil rights movement in Texas.
  • Compare the civil rights struggles of Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas.


Divide students into their small groups for the next scene. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

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