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The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma

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This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the Selma events known as “Bloody Sunday”that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Here are a few related resources that educators might find useful.

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Here are resources specifically focused on Selma:

NBC News has an impressive section on the fiftieth anniversary of Selma.

Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash is from Salon.

Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film is from Common Dreams.

Two New Useful Videos On Justice, Race & Cultural Identity

How ‘Selma’ Diminishes Dr. King is also from Politico.

‘Selma’ Ignores the Radical Grassroots Politics of the Civil Rights Movement is from The New Republic.

Teach About Selma is from Teaching For Change.

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches is from the NEA.

Front Page History: Teaching About Selma Using Original Times Reporting is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Teaching Tolerance is offering a free documentary on the Selma-to-Montgomery march — a perfect follow-up to watching the Oscar-nominated “Selma” film.

The free-to-teachers kit includes:

  • The documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot (40 minutes);
  • viewer’s guide to help you plan how you’ll teach about the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and voting issues today;
  • A timeline of activities and events leading up to and following the marches;
  • A map of Alabama illustrated with locations significant to the voting rights struggle.

Teaching Tolerance also offers free related web resources.

The Associated Press has a Selma interactive.

The White House has a Selma interactive site.

Echoes of Selma is CNN’s interactive site.

Video, Transcript & Excerpts From President Obama’s Extraordinary Selma Speech

This next video is an interview Jon Stewart did with John Lewis. There may be something wrong with the show’s embed code. If you can’t see it here, go directly to the Daily Show site:

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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