Topic: Civil RIghts

Social injustice and racism in to kill a mockingbird the civil rights movement and today

ELA High School

Injustice in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the Civil Rights Movement

Race Protest Civil RIghts Fiction Historical Fiction

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird was written more than 50 years ago and yet its themes of racism and civil rights remain relevant today. In this story author James McBride who wrote The Color of Water explains why the book inspired generations of American writers.

Update: This story first aired in 2010. In July 2015, a newly discovered novel written by Harper Lee in the 1950s was published. The novel is called Go Set a Watchman.

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Maya angelous life and legacy

ELA Middle School

Maya Angelou's Life and Legacy

Gender Poetry Biography Civil RIghts

Maya Angelou was an author, poet and icon. She grew up during segregation and used her work to empower and give voice to the African American community. Her memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" changed the literary world and opened doors for African American authors and women.

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Current Event August 22, 2014

Chicago Little League Team Makes History

Civics/Government Civil RIghts

The Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is coming to its end with the championship games this weekend. One team from Chicago, Jackie Robinson West, is making history as the first all-black team to make it to the Little League World Series in 31 years. In this radio story, we will hear from the Chicago community that is supporting them. Listen to learn more about this historic team and the impact their success might have on baseball.

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Racism in the nba

Current Event May 5, 2014

Racism in the NBA

Race Sports Civil RIghts

Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is now banned from the NBA and its games due to his discriminatory remarks that were caught on tape. He’s also being pressured to sell the Clippers. The public is also seeing this event as part of the civil rights movement. Listen to this story to learn why.

Note: Donald Sterling sold the Clippers four months after this story aired.

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Racial integration in arkansas

Current Event January 22, 2014

Racial Integration in Little Rock Decades Later

US History II Civil RIghts

Nearly six decades after schools were ordered to desegregate, students at a Little Rock High School still believe today there is work to be done to feel fully integrated. Listen to this story to learn how Arkansas high school students feel about race at their school.

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Why did mandela protest

Current Event December 11, 2013

Why did Mandela protest?

World History II Civil RIghts

Nelson Mandela, former South African President and leader of the anti-apartheid movement, was also labeled a "terrorist." As protests against the government grew from peaceful to violent, learn more about why Mandela was forced to call for armed struggle by listening to this story.

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Current Event November 20, 2013

JFK and the Civil Rights Movement

US History II US History I Civil RIghts

President John F. Kennedy remains one of most popular presidents among African-Americans. He helped Dr. Martin Luther King get out of jail and stood for civil rights policies. Tragically, he was not able to personally complete the bill for equal rights, though his successor did. Listen to this story about how JFK struggled to stand up for civil rights despite an important party of opposing opinions and escalating violent acts.

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Current Event October 22, 2013

Malala Yousafzai Continues Fight for Girls' Education

Civics/Government Gender World History II Civil RIghts

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan because she campaigned for education for girls. After recovering from her injury in England, she has now released a book, met with President Obama, and been considered for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala's father compares her fight for equal education to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s own battle for equal rights. Listen to her interview to start a discussion about advocacy, rights, and education.

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