“Selma Online”: Free Online Teaching Resource

As the opening line of the website says: “Selma Online is more than a history lesson.  It’s a call to action to learn about democracy, civil rights, and the need to safeguard voting equality … in every generation.”  Created by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program and Left Field Labs, the lessons incorporate archival footage and clips from the Ava Duvernay-helmed film, Selma, and connect how the events leading up to the 1965 march impacted modern voting rights. In total, there are nine “chapters” to the project, including an introduction and conclusion.  A teacher’s guide can be downloaded from the site.  To access the website, click here.

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