Teaching About the Civil Rights Era with FRONTLINE and Retro Report
Retro Report and FRONTLINE invite educators interested in teaching about the civil rights era to attend an exclusive, in-person event in New York City on Dec. 13. The event will showcase teaching resources and student activities connected to “American Reckoning,” Frontline and Retro Report’s documentary about an untold story of the civil rights movement, and Un(re)solved, FRONTLINE’s multi-platform project which features an augmented reality art installation, and examines a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings. Teachers will receive a $50 stipend for attending and a complimentary dinner will be served.
The professional development portion of the event will be led by social studies teacher and curriculum writer Alysha Butler and Retro Report’s director of education David Olson. It will include a project presentation by FRONTLINE’s Erika Howard, and a panel discussion with “American Reckoning” filmmaker Yoruba Richen; Denise Ford Jackson, the daughter of Wharlest Jackson, whose unsolved murder is at the center of the film; and Kenneth Morris Jr., the co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. There will be time for a Q&A session.
The event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Retro Report office in New York City’s Midtown East, near Grand Central Station.
RSVP here: https://bit.ly/RR-FrontlineEvent
About American Reckoning
American Reckoning is an extraordinary look at the civil rights era – the violence and resistance – through rare footage filmed more than 50-years ago in Natchez, Mississippi, and the still-unresolved killing of local NAACP leader Wharlest Jackson.
From acclaimed directors and producers Brad Lichtenstein (When Claude Got Shot, Messwood) and Yoruba Richen (The Killing of Breonna Taylor, The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show), American Reckoning examines Black opposition to racist violence in Mississippi, spotlighting a little-known armed resistance group called the Deacons for Defense and Justice, woven alongside the Jackson family’s decades-long search for justice amid the ongoing federal effort to investigate civil rights era cold cases.
Un(re)solved is a major initiative that draws upon more than two years of reporting, thousands of documents and dozens of first-hand interviews. The multiplatform investigation tells the stories of lives cut short, and examines a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings through the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. The story takes many shapes. It is told through a web-based interactive experience, serialized podcast, augmented-reality installation and documentary.