Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Confronting Unjust Practices

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A powerful photograph of the Freedom Riders of 1961 launches an examination of the de jure and de facto injustices that the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s addressed. Young historians first watch a video and read the Supreme Court case Morgan v. Virginia. They then study the photograph taken in Anniston, Alabama after a white mob attacked a bus carrying Freedom Riders. Groups then compare the effectiveness of the video, print, and photo as a type of communication.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research recent examples of de facto segregation
Classroom Considerations
  • Ninth in a series of 12 resources using photographs to teach about social justice
  • Ensure that a protocol is in place to have a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
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  • The final assignment asks individuals to research racial profiling, anti-Muslim discrimination, linguicism, or another form of de facto discrimination and present their finds in a poster or web page.
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