OCTOBER 2021 - MARCH 2022

This year the Museum will host Teacher Workshops which will delve into five distinctly different topics, all with a common purpose…to meaningfully engage educators and share resources using innovative approaches to teaching Civil Rights history. Workshops will offer methods for helping students see the relevance of history, as it relates to the current moment and to realize how they can be catalysts for positive social change in their own ways.

We will host sessions on reframing the Civil Rights Movement and Black History through different and more inclusive lenses, the importance of making classroom and school communities safe spaces for learning and growth, how photography can convey the “power of place”, the lasting impact of the great Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and understanding how we can most effectively teach about the power of Black music over time, from spirituals of the past to hip-hop today, as a method of resistance.

Workshop sessions are limited to 40 educators. Registration is required and on a first-come basis. Free teaching resources for teachers who complete each workshop. Workshops are eligible for hours toward professional development for the 2021-2022 academic year! Questions? Contact education@civilrightsmuseum.org.


Spring Workshops:

Outside the Lorraine Motel: Inspiring Creativity, Conversation and Community Today and Tomorrow

January 29, 2022  •  9:00-12:00pm

with Gay Feldman, museum and school educator, and Outside the Lorraine exhibit curator

People from around the world gather outside the Lorraine Motel to pay tribute and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Our special exhibition serves as the entry point for a practical exploration of museum education practices, starting with a guided tour of Outside The Lorraine Motel: A Photographic Journey To A Sacred Place led by curator + educator Gay Feldman. Visual Thinking Strategies combined with art history open up a world of possibilities for students and teachers alike. From understanding how to read a photograph to discussing the power of images as primary source documents, to art + social studies-based lesson ideas, our workshop will culminate with a fun, hands-on art-making lesson inspired by leading contemporary voices celebrating identity and culture.


The Life and Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

February 12, 2022  •  9:00-11:00am

with Dr. Keisha N. Blain, historian, and author of Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America


Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a Black, working-poor, and disabled activist and intellectual of the civil rights movement whose work and wisdom are still relevant today. In this workshop, award-winning historian Dr. Keisha N. Blain discusses Hamer's extraordinary life and legacy and offers valuable tools and strategies for teachers to effectively incorporate Hamer's story in the classroom.


The Power of Black Music as an Evolving Instrument of Change

March 5, 2022  •  9:00-12:00pm

For 400 years, African American musicians have made powerful statements, inspired people to stand up as changemakers, and demanded equality and freedom through their brilliant work. Come explore this artistic and cultural continuum from spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, R & B and hip-hop. We will share resources and ideas that highlight the power of Black music to push communities forward and create the cannon of the American sound. We will also discover exhibits and pieces from museum’s teaching collections that illustrate these ideas for students.

Part 1: Music of the Movement with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, professor at Rhodes College, music historian, and author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South and Why Bushwick Bill Matters

Part 2: The Influence and Impact of Hip-Hop with Dr. Regina N. Bradley, professor at Kennesaw State University, music historian, host of the podcast Bottom of the Map, and author of Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South and An OutKast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender and the Postmodern South


PAST Workshops:

Teaching & Exploring the Civil Rights Movement through Broad Lenses

November 6, 2021  •  9:00-12:00pm

Part 1: Moving Beyond the Master Narrative with Dr. Charles McKinney, historian, professor at Rhodes College, and author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina and An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis. Through broadening the narrative, he will show evidence that the Movement’s efforts and successes were bolstered by thousands of brave activists including young people, women, and ordinary folks, who took extraordinary actions and stood up for freedom.

Part 2: Discovering Resources & Approaches for Teaching Civil Rights Inclusively with Dory Lerner, MA K-12 museum educator at National Civil Rights Museum. She will share specific resources, Museum exhibits, and activities we use to help students see connections between past and present. We will explore the Museum’s teaching collections (objects that bring history to life) and introduce methods for making the Civil Rights movement more relevant and accessible to students.

Participating educators who complete the workshop will receive a FREE copy of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, by Dr. Hassan Jeffries.

RESET: Emotional and Social Wellbeing for Educators- Tips from The Courageous Classroom

October 23, 2021  •  9:00-11:00am

with Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist, life coach, and author of Amazon bestseller, The Courageous Classroom: Creating a Culture of Safety for Students to Learn and Thrive

Dr. Janet Taylor is a psychiatrist, life coach, and author of Amazon bestseller, The Courageous Classroom: Creating a Culture of Safety for Students to Learn and Thrive. She is a community psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL working with individuals who are criminal justice involved and have a mental illness. Her medical experience is also international and she is frequently invited speaker on the subjects of minority health, self-care, stress management, parenting, and work-life balance.

In this session, we will focus on understanding the elements of positive mental health and when to ask for help. As we learn to recognize and deal with our trauma and gain a more in-depth understanding of teachers’ roles as encouragers, we see that being supportive to students begins with practicing self-care. We will highlight the relationship between emotional intelligence and self-care. We will explore the neuroscience of the brain and how to RESET. Registrants who complete the workshop will receive a copy of Dr. Taylor’s book.


Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

with Dr. Hasan Jeffries, History Professor at The Ohio State University
Spring 2020

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