Fighting for Justice- Start of the Civil Rights Fight


The American Civil Rights movement started in the mid-1950s. A major catalyst in the push for civil rights was in December 1955, when NAACP activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Led by Martin Luther King Jr., this movement practiced non-violent methods of civil disobedience against racially discriminatory laws and practices. This is what we were always taught but who really made the first move in history to start this movement and  how much do we really know about the leaders of the Civil Rights movement?

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Your assignment is to work in a group to perform research in order to produce a slide show and oral presentation about a historical figure who was a important leader to the start of the civil rights movement.

By the end of this lesson you and your group will be able to identify and discuss events in the lives of Civil rights activists during the start of the fight for Civil Rights.

Your group will give a presentation of your research to the class and your group will create a google slideshow to accompany your oral presentation. 

Some significant figures that you may choose from are but not limited to:

Ralph David Abernathy, Sr                                                                                     Thurgood Marshall

Horace Julian Bond                                                                                                 Rosa Parks

William Edward Burghardt DuBois (W.E.B. DuBois)                                            Fannie Lou Hammer

James L. Farmer, Jr.                                                                                                 Dorothy Height

Ida B. Wells                                                                                                               Harriet Tubman

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1. Your group assignment will be given out and you and your classmates will be split into four groups of four by the  teacher. You will then make a group decision on what person your group chooses to research. 

2. Once you begin group work you will choose what chapter of that persons life you wish to cover each student in the group will be given a chapter and and all chapters listed must be covered. Chapters are:

  • Early Life
  • Education
  • Career
  • Civil Rights Involvement

3. You will begin doing research on your topic and that chapter of the persons life.  Some links you may find helpful are:,of%20color%20and%20as%20women.&text=She%20thought%20this%20was%20important,of%20the%20Civil%20Right%20Movement.,Du%20Bois%20and%20Malcolm%20X.

4. You will each create 4 google slides individually about that persons chapter of life you choose and have researched. You will email your slides to the classroom email separately from the group.

5. You must work as a group to create a  cohesive slide slow. slides should be presented by the first chapter of life followed by 2,3, and 4.


Google Slides Presentation Rubric Student Name _______________________________ Group Number__________













Required Elements  

The google slides include all required elements as well as additional information

All required elements are included on the google slides. 

All but 1 of the required elements are included on the google slides

Several required elements were missing


Graphics/image -­ Relevance  

All images are related to the topic and make it easier to understand

All images are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand

All images relate to the topic.  

Images do not relate to the topic.  




The google slides are exceptionally engaging in terms of design, layout, and neatness

The google slides are engaging in terms of design, layout, and neatness.  

The google slides are acceptably engaging though it may be a bit. 


The google slides are distractingly messy or very poorly designed.  It is not engaging.  



There is no. 

grammatical/mechanical mistakes on the google slides.  

There are 1-­2. 

grammatical/mechanical mistakes on the google slides.  

There are 3-­4. 

grammatical/mechanical mistakes on the google slides.  

There are more than 4 grammatical/mechanical mistakes on the google slides.



You have had the chance to research the lives of some of the civil rights activists, hopefully you now had a better understanding and appreciation for the influence and change that these people chose to fight and protest for. All of this was done in the hopes of having the same equal rights as others.

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