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Student Resources

Students can supplement their National Civil Rights Museum both before and after their visits. Use the resources below to learn more about the struggle for freedom and justice around the world.

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Our Resources for Exploring and Understanding Civil and Human Rights contains a small sampling of the numerous resources available for students, parents, and teachers on civil and human rights. The purpose of this guide is to introduce readers to the challenging and complex stories that make up the national and international civil and human rights struggle. The topics covered often involve emotionally challenging topics and difficult aspects of history which may require additional contextualization as well as deep discussion for young readers.


Small But Mighty Storytime

Our Small but Mighty Storytime sessions thematically focus on peacemaking, kindness, diversity, or creating positive social change. Parents, teachers and children engage together for stories and connecting activities or resources. For more information, contact Dory Lerner, K-12 Museum Educator, at

Watch the series of video of virtual storytime sessions for families of children 2 to 12 years old.


National History Day Policy

We receive many interview requests each year for National History Day (NHD). However, according to NHD Project's guidelines, "Historians do not interview other historians. It is inappropriate to do so. Instead, read historians' books and other published works."  Click here to learn more about NHD guidelines regarding interviews.

We are happy to assist by recommending resources for further research after the student has conducted their basic research. As museum professionals, we are historians. So we are viewed as a secondary source, instead of a primary source.

We highly recommend listening to oral histories from the 1960’s or of activists who have told their stories since that time. Oral history recordings and transcripts (the written record) exist in libraries and archives around the world. Some favorite resources such as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University or The National Archives

If a student has a question that they absolutely cannot find an answer to in their own research, they are welcome to email that question to  If possible, we will assist by offering a source where the answer might be found.


e-Learning Activities


As a resource for both students and educators, the eLearning Sit-In activity is modeled after the museum's Standing Up By Sitting Down exhibit. Students will virtually walk through the protest experience through a series of questions. The lunch counter sit-ins are an example of the non-violent direct action strategy used by college students that spread across the U.S. in 1960.

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This educational resource allows students to view the 1955-57 Montgomery Bus Boycott from the perspective of a newspaper investigative reporter. Students are guided through a series of bus stops where they are given scenarios of the unfair treatment and conditions under which blacks during a bus ride in Montgomery, AL.

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