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NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers

Beyond the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Activism from 1940-1980

Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

This NEH summer institute was designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke, the SNCC Legacy Project, Tougaloo College, and Teaching for Change.

Participants (classroom teachers in grades 7-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will have the unique opportunity to learn from the people who made the civil rights movement happen, and from the leading scholars of the era.

Three key narratives will serve as the focus of this institute.

1) The movement thrust forward its leaders, not the other way around.

2) The tradition of protest grew out of a long history of activism in the black community.

3) Grassroots activism was the major engine that led to legislative reforms.

Dates: July 9 – 27, 2017 (3 weeks)
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 (notification date: March 31, 2018)
Stipend: $2,700