How Can Music Inspire Social Change?

Posted by Andrew Reese on April 12, 2015

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of our four-part blog series exploring the connections between music, history, and social change. In this fourth lesson, students will begin to contemplate the role of music as a social change agent.

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Topics: Art, Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, Sounds of Change, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Soul Music and the Civil Rights Era: Respecting Self and the Other

Posted by Andrew Reese on April 5, 2015

Welcome to the third installment of our four-part blog series exploring the connections between music, history, and social change. In this third lesson, students will learn about two Stax Records recordings that both address respect: Otis Redding's "Respect" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself."
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Topics: Art, Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, Sounds of Change, Common Core State Standards, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Soul Music and the Civil Rights Era: Breaking the Racial Barriers

Posted by Andrew Reese on March 29, 2015

Welcome to the second installment of our four-part blog series exploring the connections between music, history, and social change. In this second lesson, students will be introduced to Booker T & the MGs, who were the house band for many Stax Records artists, in addition to being an independent act.

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Topics: Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, Sounds of Change, Common Core State Standards, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Music and Identity

Posted by Andrew Reese on March 22, 2015

This week we're kicking off a four-part blog series exploring the connections between music, history, and social change.

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Topics: Art, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, Sounds of Change, Diversity, Common Core State Standards, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Talking About Injustice: Watch Bryan Stevenson Live This Week

Posted by Julia Rappaport on March 16, 2015

We're thrilled to partner with The Allstate Foundation to host Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, for two events this week as part of our national Community Conversation series. And we are excited to bring these events to audiences all over the world! Read on for two ways you can tune in:

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Events, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, Civil Rights

What Role Can Music Play as an Agent of Change?

Posted by Andrew Reese on March 15, 2015

What is soul music?

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Topics: Art, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, Sounds of Change, Diversity, Common Core State Standards, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Questions We Hope Get Answered in Harper Lee’s "Go Set a Watchman"

Posted by Dan Sigward on February 12, 2015

Facing History's offices have been abuzz since Harper Lee's "new" novel was announced earlier this month.

This literary event—taking place 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird and about six months after Facing History published Teaching Mockingbird, its study guide to the novel—comes at a time when we have been diving deep into the themes of Lee's classic novel, both as a staff and with educators around the world.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Books, English Language Arts, Facing History Resources, Teaching, Teaching Resources, Civil Rights

Raising Ethical Children: Discussing the Film "Selma" with Young People

Posted by Steven Becton on February 6, 2015

It can be so very difficult to discuss race with our children.

The conversation is particularly complex when it's about some of our nation's not-so-proud moments.Rather than face such moments head-on, sometimes we instead seek to protect our children (and even ourselves) from the pain and shame of the past, and so we often gloss over physical, emotional, and psychological suffering in history to get to a more palatable, less troubling version of those events. Moments like 1965 in Selma, Alabama, too quickly become "the victory of voting rights" rather than the painful history of a tired, yet determined, African American community that stood toe-to-toe against those who used terror, intimidation, and unjust laws to deny them opportunity to freely exercise the right to vote.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Film, Democracy, Voting Rights, Choosing to Participate, Selma, Raising Ethical Children, Civil Rights, History

New Documentary Explores "To Kill a Mockingbird"'s Enduring Appeal

Posted by Julia Rappaport on January 29, 2015

More than 55 years since its publication, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird still resonates. Filmmaker Sandra Jaffe grew up in Alabama, where the 1960 best-selling novel is set. In 2006, Jaffe set out to find out why the book remains so popular today.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Classrooms, Civil Rights Movement, Film, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Facing History Resources, Identity, Civil Rights

Reconsidering Selma: Teaching the Stories Behind a Pivotal Moment in History

Posted by Adam Strom on January 8, 2015

There are so many moments throughout history whose untold and overlooked stories make them much more fascinating than the versions that are typically taught or talked about in the classroom. The 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery is one of those stories.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Film, Democracy, Voting Rights, Choosing to Participate, Selma, Facing History Resources, Teaching Resources, Video, Civil Rights, History

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