Lesson Plan

African Americans in California’s Heartland – The Civil Rights Era

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Events related to the Civil Rights Movement in Sacramento, California during the 1960s offer class members an opportunity to compare the nonviolent resistance approach favored by Dr. Martin Luther King and the NAACP with those of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement. Class members research and chart the goals and methods used to achieve these goals of both approaches.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin class with the KVIE video to provide context for the lesson
  • Have class members investigate the current status of Sacramento and the Oak Park neighborhood
  • Have groups research the extent to which the Black Panthers actually participated in violence
  • Also ask class members to research the programs created by the party
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place to permit an open, sensitive, respectful discussions of controversial issues
  • Presumes learners have previously studied the struggles and achievements of the nonviolent civil rights movement
  • Requires copies of King's writing provided in the resource
  • The lesson places the rise of the Black Panther Party in the context of the Civil Rights movement
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