Three ways to encourage students to continue the struggle for equality and justice in the U.S.
In A New Milestone Decade advocate Michael R. Wenger asks students to continue the struggle for equality and justice in the U.S.
1. Students will find a variety of "milestones" listed in "Milestones to Remember." Ask students to create timelines of their own lives for the years 2005-2014. What goals do they have for each of those years? How does attainment of those goals relate to the civil rights milestones?
2. Write essays or letters describing actions today's students can take to honor our nation's civil rights history and to continue the journey toward a more just and integrated America.
3. Invite speakers from local civil rights organizations to visit your classroom and describe the "persistent racial and ethnic disparities in education and economic opportunity as well as deep racial and ethnic divisions" that Wenger refers to in his essay.