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Human Rights And Civil Rights

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While he may not be as well known as civil rights activists such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, or Malcolm X, Ralph Bunche's contributions certainly made him a leader in the struggle for civil rights in the United States and around the world. Class members research Bunche, his role in the American Civil Rights Movement, and his involvement in the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use near the end of a unit on the civil rights movement of the 1960s to show how the struggle has continued and grown to encompass universal human rights
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes a protocol has been established to ensure a safe, respectful discussion of controversial topics
  • Requires purchase of the PBS video Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
  • Groups research the beliefs and tactics of Gandhi, King, and Malcolm X and make connections to present-day human rights campaigns
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