Martin Luther King Jr fought tirelessly for Civil Rights. His father was also a Civil Rights leader, and many people at the time and since were inspired to become Civil Rights Activists because of him.
So what are Civil Rights?
This lesson looks at civil rights, and familiarizes students with their rights to freedom and equality – in terms of race, education, religion, employment and gender.
1. Play the “What rights are right?” Quiz
Play as individuals and discuss learning afterwards, or play as a group discussing as you go! Students should become familiar with the concepts of a Rights, Equality, Discrimination, Individuals, Actions and Leadership.
2. Use the cards to investigate how MLK fought for Civil Rights. Is his job done?
Use the MLK and Co Civil Rights Cards as prompts to research the work that MLK and Civil Rights activists undertook during the 1950s and 1960s
3. Create a Civil Rights Activist Quiz
With the research students have done, they should use Quizling to create a 7 question quiz to share with the class! Challenge other classes and your school community to play these quizzes. You might like to feature a quiz each day on the school social media feed or in the newsletter.
4. Make a Civil Rights Map for your school/community – what actions can you take?
Use a large roll of paper, or card, to make a large map of your school or community. Students should draw on key geographical features, streests, buildings, walkways, playgrounds etc as well as spaces they “own” – excellent climbing trees, “zones” within the school playground or yard, best places for playing football, bike jumps, basketball etc.
They should then consider a key where they can write down places and areas where they feel discrimination – is it a space in the playground where girls don’t feel confident to play? Is there a space where older kids bully younger kids? Is there a space that enables kids to practice their faith freely – like midday prayers, removing themselves from singing the national anthem with dignity?
Students have the right to play, to be educated, to practice their faith and to be free from discrimination. It is a powerful action for them to identify where they can take action to ensure that their peers have these rights. Not only does this activity empower individuals, but it makes them aware of the way their peers might be experiencing the world (and you will get a gorgeous wall decoration!)