On This Day: Emmett Till and the Rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement

The murder of Emmett Till, a boy accused of whistling at a white woman in the deep South in the 1950s, galvanized the civil rights movement. His open casket—revealing the ugly horror of racism—reignited a movement. Clips include an author's talk, a classroom lecture, and firsthand account from a witness.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer the clips to stimulate discussion of the birth of the modern civil rights movement
Classroom Considerations
  • Case discusses details of the violent murder of a child and includes pictures, so materials may not be suitable for all pupils
  • To access the clips, create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Case is relevant to current events and details are engaging for learners
  • Clips are curated and easy to integrate into instruction
Cons
  • None