From Selma to Montgomery: An Introduction to the 1965 Marches

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The 1965 Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery and the resulting Voting Rights Act of 1965 are the focus of a social studies lesson. The resource uses film clips to inform viewers not only about the discrimination that gave rise to the protest and to the subsequent adoption of voting lights legislation, but also to the debate about recent changes to voting rights.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research recent changes in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and attempts to institute voter ID laws
Classroom Considerations

  • Establish a protocol for the safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
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Pros

  • The film clips capture the intensity of the struggles for civil rights
Cons

  • None