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Birmingham, Fall 1963

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Can any good come from acts of evil? The 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and the eventual outcomes of the tragedy, are the focus of a lesson that asks groups to examine primary source documents related to the bombing, and how acts of humanitarianism can arise from acts of horror.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to consider connections between the Birmingham bombing and current domestic protests, as well as global acts of terrorism 
Classroom Considerations
  • Provides a link to a related resource
  • The final lesson in a four-part series on the struggle for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama
  • The lesson assumes a protocol is in place for a safe, respectful discussion of highly emotional issues
  • The seven-page packet includes background information for instructors, links to the primary source materials, a step-by-step plan, worksheets, and a PowerPoint presentation
  • None
Common Core