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.
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
A Teacher to Remember
Third Graders at West End Elementary School with Mrs. Jean T. Williams, Richmond VA circa 1960, Courtesy Foster Family Photos
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
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.
Genesis & Vision
By: Pete Schumacher The Teachers in the Movement Institute was amazing, and I have definite plans on how I might use oral histories in my class. First, I am teaching African American literature for the first time in my career. I have always had a passion for learning...
By: Dorothy Drake Though I am retired from Henrico County Public Schools, I am a part time teaching assistant at an elementary school in the county. The school is in the east end near my home and has a Black population of approximately 70%. Virginia History is a part...