Teaching About the Civil Rights Era
A recap of an event hosted by Retro Report and PBS Frontline
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We’d like to thank the more than 30 educators and panelists who attended the event last Tuesday where Retro Report and PBS Frontline showcased classroom resources about the Civil Rights Era at our newsroom in New York. The evening began with a presentation of educational resources related to “American Reckoning,” a documentary about an untold story of the civil rights movement.
Erika Howard from PBS Frontline and Alysha Butler, a teacher and curriculum writer presented “Un(re)solved,” a multiplatform project with an augmented reality art installation that examines a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings.
Teachers were able to interact with the installation by using their phones to scan QR codes that corresponded to multimedia stories.
The event ended with a powerful panel discussion featuring Brad Lichtenstein, one of the filmmakers behind “American Reckoning;” Denise Jackson Ford, the daughter of Wharlest Jackson, whose unsolved murder is at the center of the film; and Kenneth Morris Jr., co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.
Our panelists talked about inspiring stories from the civil rights era, and educators shared how they will incorporate these resources into future lessons.
Take a look at some photos from the event:
CAROLINE WATKINS is the Audience Engagement Manager at Retro Report.