In January and February 2022, Humanities Texas held two webinars for social studies and English Language Arts teachers on teaching the civil rights movement.
The webinars aligned with the TEKS. The two webinars offered a nuanced understanding of the civil rights movement.
The first webinar considered the traditional historical understanding of the movement, providing a broad overview before complicating the story, with specific suggestions for introducing the movement to students. The second webinar focused on primary documents, including Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet,” and Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony before the 1964 Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinars were content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.
Adam Goudsouzian (University of Memphis) served as program faculty.
The institute schedule can be viewed here.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.