Attn Teachers: Free Online Class from Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Interview with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University launched Selma Online, a free, online teaching platform that aims to change how the civil rights movement is taught in middle and high schools across the country.

What an honor. listen below:

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ...Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. ..also host of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” 

Photo courtesy of Ark Media.#FindingYourRoots and with Dr Gates permission

HUTCHINS CENTER RELEASES FREE ONLINE TEACHING PLATFORM SELMA ONLINE ON 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF “BLOODY SUNDAY”

PLATFORM USES AVA DUVERNAY’S FILM “SELMA” 

TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE STUDENTS ON VOTING RIGHTS 

Platform led by Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and Harvard University 

under Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and developed by 

the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program 

and Left Field Labs with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation

March 6, 2020 (New York, NY)–The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University launched today Selma Online, a free, online teaching platform that aims to change how the civil rights movement is taught in middle and high schools across the country. With funding from The Rockefeller Foundation,Selma Onlinewas created by Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program (curriculum partner) and Left Field Labs (design partner). 

The launch date marks the 55th anniversary of ”Bloody Sunday,” the first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.With voting rights still restricted and contested in many parts of the country,Selma Onlineis more than a history lesson, it is a call to action to learn about democracy, civil rights and the need to safeguard the right to vote across generations.

With materials geared for grades 7-12,Selma Onlineis free for all users, from school districts, teachers and students to community groups, after-school clubs, or anyone with an interest in voting rights and the civil rights movement. The module can be integrated into a variety of courses, from U.S. History and Civics to American Literature, to the Visual Arts, and can be completed in as little as two class periods. Each of the twelve “chapters” can be taught individually or as part of a broader course andSelma Onlinealso provides accompanying teachers’ guides.

The module incorporates clips from Ava DuVernay’s award-winning Paramount film “Selma” as a storyboard to educate students about the historic 1965 voter registration campaign in Alabama and prompt students to trace its living legacy. 

“In this critical time for our democracy, educating the next generation on the civil rights movement and helping them understand the importance of the right to vote has taken on a new urgency. Without a steep grounding in our history, what will rising generations have to pivot from?”said Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “What will inspire them to remake their world with the confidence that comes from knowing it has been done before?”

"Selma Onlineoffers educators an innovative, interactive resource to teach the history of the civil rights movement and the ongoing fight for voting rights,” Teaching Tolerance Managing Editor Monita Bell said. “We hope educators will use this tool as one way to affirm young people’s power to make necessary change, as we have seen them do throughout history.” 

“As our nation grapples with growing divisiveness and widening inequality, the lessons from Selma and the civil rights movement are more important than ever,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is fighting to make sure every person in this country has access to the American Dream, and we are proud to support this important initiative that brings to light the bravery, leadership and impact of the civil rights movement in fighting injustice and advancing racial equity in the United States.”

About The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research supports research on the history and culture of people of African descent the world over and provides a forum for collaboration and the ongoing exchange of ideas. It seeks to stimulate scholarly engagement in African and African American studies both at Harvard and beyond, and to increase public awareness and understanding of this vital field of study.

About The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program

As one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project reaches hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through its Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, professional development resources and classroom- friendly social justice documentaries. Teaching Tolerance materials are free to educators.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power and equity & economic opportunity. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations. For more information, visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.

HUTCHINS CENTER RELEASES FREE ONLINE TEACHING PLATFORMSELMA ONLINEON 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF “BLOODY SUNDAY”

PLATFORM USES AVA DUVERNAY’S FILM “SELMA”

TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE STUDENTS ON VOTING RIGHTS

Platform led by Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and Harvard University under Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and developed by

the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program

and Left Field Labs with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation

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