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        Out of the Shadows | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        In this lesson, students view video clips from the film Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise covering the strengths and weaknesses of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as well as the impact of the Black Power movement on civil rights. They also explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s controversial trip to Chicago that exposed racism and institutional segregation in the North.

        Out of the Shadows | Clip 1 | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        On March 7, 1965, peaceful marchers calling for voting rights were attacked by the police in Selma, Alabama. The shocking images were broadcast on television, and galvanized the country. Outraged, President Lyndon Johnson astonished the nation by invoking the mantra of the Civil Rights Movement.

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        Out of the Shadows | Clip 2 | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        The Civil Rights Movement was part of something much larger than a struggle for legal rights and legal citizenship in the United States. It was also the struggle against indignities that had built up over centuries. Black Power marked a shift in black consciousness and the meaning of blackness.

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        Out of the Shadows | Free-Write Prompts | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        Have students watch clip one, then hand out “Free-Write Prompts." Assign one question to each student and provide two minutes to write a response to the question. Ask students to share their writing with the class. Next, play clip two.

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        Out of the Shadows | 3-2-1 Chart | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        Organize the class into small groups and distribute the “3-2-1 Chart.” Have them watch clip two and complete the chart. Instruct students to share the facts they gathered by going to at least two people in other groups to give a fact and get a fact. Bring the class together to discuss.

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        Out of the Shadows | Discussion Activity | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        Make copies of the “Discussion Activity” handout and distribute to each class. Place students in small working groups and assign each group one the following questions to discuss.

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        Out of the Shadows | Teacher Guide | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

        Use this teacher guide to navigate controversial or difficult topics with your students.

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