The Teachers in the Movement podcast features the voices and stories from educators who taught between 1950 and 1980 throughout the South. This podcast highlights their pedagogy, curricula, and community work were instrumental forms of activism that influenced the Civil Rights movement. Listen to learn practical advice and ideas for teachers, parents and citizens who want to talk about race and democracy!

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Episode 5: Dr. Owen Cardwell Desegregated E.C. Glass High School in 1962

Dr. Owen Cardwell had a winding path to becoming an educator. These days he’s a Professor at the University of Lynchburg. On his way there, he was one of the first Black students to desegregate E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, he participated in and led many civil rights demonstrations, served in the military, and served over fifty years as a Baptist preacher. He talks about those experiences and the importance of strength-based learning and individualized education.

Episode 4: Ms. Audrey Williams Wrote Local Black History Curriculum

Ms. Audrey Williams took the curriculum into her own hands as a teacher in Hampton City Schools in the 1970s. As a social studies teacher, she made sure her students knew that Black history was American history. She also made sure to bring her students into the community and teach them about local black history. From the first enslaved Africans in 1619 to the Underground Railroad sites in Hampton Roads.

Episode 3:Ms. Delores Campbell Taught Reading and Racial Justice with Compassion

Ms. Delores Campbell recalls her time as the librarian and only African-American educator at Stony Point Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia. She talks about the books she chose to read with her very young students and the ways in which she helped them open their minds and encourage their compassion. She also talks about her own educational experiences from being one of the only graduate students of color at UVA’s education school to witnessing the Orangeburg Massacre in South Carolina in 1968 while she was an undergraduate student.

Episode 2: Mr. James Wright Developed a Course in Black History in Columbia, SC in the Early 1970s

Mr. James Wright created a course in Black Studies at the newly-integrated Eau Claire High School in Columbia South Carolina. He talks about that curriculum, empowering his students through student council, and his own historical and genealogical research.

Episode 1: “Failure was not an Option” for Mrs. Johnnie Fullerwinder

Mrs. Johnnie Fullerwinder was the first Black teacher at George Washington High School in Danville Virginia in 1966. In this episode we hear about her first day on the job, her hands-on approach to teaching, and the changes she led and witnessed over her long career.