Teachers in the Movement: Making the Movement of the Past a Movement of the Future

Teachers in the Movement explores teachers’ ideas and pedagogy inside and outside the classroom during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. From teachers themselves, we learn how their pedagogy, curricula, and community work were instrumental forms of activism that influenced the movement. Our research is guided by several questions: Who were the teachers in the movement? What, how, and why did these teachers teach? How can recovering teachers’ stories inform contemporary teaching and schooling and impact teaching today? In responding to these questions, this website will serve as a repository housing the project’s oral histories and curricular materials (e.g., lesson plans, teachers’ biographical sketches, and teacher blogs) that will be of significance for K-12 education and university students and teachers in the commonwealth of Virginia, the United States, and beyond.

Genesis and Vision

Professor Alridge explains how teachers in his hometown planted the seeds for his work as a historian studying educators during the civil rights movement.



Word of mouth is the primary method we use to identify teachers to be interviewed and honored.

Often, we learn of the activism of teachers from their former colleagues, children, people in the community, and churches. If you know a teacher that taught between 1950 and the 1970s, please tell us about them here on our message board. Join us in the movement to honor these teachers.


Educators Discuss Segregated Education and
Desegregation of Schools in Maryland and Virginia.

Maryland educators Warren and Carolyn Dorsey; Virginia educators Carolyn Mosby and Wilbert T. Lewis; and Charlottesville’s Lane High School former football player George King and coach Joe Bingler discuss the desegregation of schools.