Heart of the Matter

Most people have heard of Dr. Maetin Luther King, Jr. and his famous "I Have a Dream" Speech. But few have heard of Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. Who were these guys and what did they have to do with the famous landmark event in the Civil Rights movement? The inquiry approach used in this lesson plan leads young scholars to a textured understanding of the different people involved in the march and of the different objectives of the organizers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson to launch a study of the Civil Rights Movement and how events were reported
Classroom Considerations
  • The six-page packet includes a variety of primary sources that challenge learners original understanding of the event
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  • Links are provided to all required materials
  • The inquiry approach encourages learners to form their own opinion on how the event was reported and memorialized
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