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NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers

The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives @ Duke University


Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, and in accordance with the NEH, this institute has been postponed until 2021. We will update this page as soon as the 2021 summer institute dates are available. We will also reopen the applications later this year. (Date to be determined by the NEH.)


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

Participants (classroom teachers in grades 5-12) 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.

The following narratives will serve as the focus of the institute.

1) The Civil Rights Movement was a primary force for the expansion of                       democracy for all.

2) The Movement was based on the work of thousands of local                                  “ordinary” people who both organized and sustained it.

3) Women and youth were a fundamental part of the leadership and the  troops of the Movement.

4) The tradition of protest grew out of a long history of activism and resistance in the Black community.

5) And more.

Dates: July 6-23, 2021(3 weeks)
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC
Application Deadline: TBD
Stipend: $2,700