Leaders for Today

A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Norman Hill, and Rachelle Horowitz were the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. After reading primary source documents about these individuals, their contributions to the march, and the challenges they faced, class members assume the role of one of these leaders and stage a press conference.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to decide which member will assume the role of the speaker while other members prepare questions for the press conference
  • Consider assigning the role of the press secretary to a class member rather than assuming the role yourself
Classroom Considerations
  • The 25-page packet includes primary source documents the provide background information about the organizers  and conflicting reports about the march
  • No rubric is included for the activity
  • The activity is designed to expand learners understanding of the purposes of the march, the challenges faced by organizers, and to recognize the contributions of Randolph, Rustin, Hill, and Horowitz