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Freedom's Main Line

One of the earliest assaults on segregated transit in the South occurred in Louisville, Ky., in 1870-71. There, the city’s black community organized a successful protest that relied on nonviolent direct action, a tactic that would give shape to the modern civil rights movement nearly a century later.
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Maria Fleming
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Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Who Claims Me?

In Boston, widely regarded as the center of the abolitionist movement, black leaders called on citizens to resist the newly passed Fugitive Slave Law in 1850 in order “to make Massachusetts a battlefield in defense of liberty.”
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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The Child's Defender

In this interview, Marian Wright Edelman expresses the importance of each American sending children “signals of fairness and tolerance” and helping to give them “a life that transcends boundaries of race, class, gender and other differences.”
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Marian Wright Edelman and Sara Bullard
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Civics
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Medgar Evers

This essay details Medgar Evers’ involvement in the civil rights movement as a pivotal member of the Mississippi NAACP. It also addresses his tragic murder at the hands of a White Citizens Council member.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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President Obama's Address on the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Obama Selma
Obama's 2015 speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge honors the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of voting-rights activists were brutally attacked by state troopers as they began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. President Obama reminds us of the spirit and struggle associated with the marchers in Selma, or any group of people meeting injustice.
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Barack Obama
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain