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Danville and Pittsylvania County teachers gather for a summer training institute

Group led by Virginia State College professor and historian Luther P. Jackson (front row center). Photo courtesy of Ruth W. Isley.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina educators:

Chester Boykin, Walter Roseborough, W.H. Witherspoon, D.C. McDuffie, JTW Mims, George Land, Richard Boulware. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Daisy McDuffie

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A Teacher to Remember

Third Graders at West End Elementary School with Mrs. Jean T. Williams, Richmond VA circa 1960, Courtesy Foster Family Photos

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10th anniversary celebration, 1954

West End Elementary School Teachers with PTA President Dr. F.M. Foster at 10th anniversary celebration 1954, Richmond VA. Courtesy Foster Family Photos

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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.

Pedagogy. Activism. Freedom.

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.

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