Civil Rights: A Global Perspective
Grades: 9 - 12
Civil Rights: A Global Perspective allows students to examine the non-violent social justice principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alongside ideas and practices of other influential human rights activists from around the world in order to build an understanding of the struggle for civil rights globally.
In this unit, students will interact with what the concept of freedom has meant to generations of activists and identify common patterns in those meanings; the unit includes 14 lessons.
“I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
In this unit, students will examine the practice of perseverance in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts; the unit includes 16 lessons.
"Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth
In this unit, students will consider how hope has emerged and survived under circumstances that on their face seem unlikely to generate such optimism; the unit includes 15 lessons.
“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mahatma Gandhi’s speech on Satyagraha in South Africa"
In this unit, students will consider forms of justice ranging from reconciliation to restoration to incarceration and reflect on how justice is understood and applied; the unit includes 15 lessons.
“Eulogy for the Martyred Children” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Testimony from the relatives of the shooting victims at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston”, South Carolina
In this unit, students will examine how human rights activists (both historical and contemporary) have acted upon their conscience at great personal cost to their popularity, their health, and sometimes even their lives; the unit includes 15 lessons.
“Beyond Vietnam” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
“2013 Ambassador of Conscience Speech,” by Malala Yousafzai