Seminar 8: Civil Rights & Black Lives Matter – Dr. Wendy M. Christensen

Civil Rights & Black Lives Matter

Wendy M. Christensen

Opening song: Pete Seeger’s We Shall Overcome

  • Originally a union organizing song, brought to Highlander Folk School in 1946, and then picked up and sung by SCLC. 

How do we remember the Civil Rights movement?

  • What do we learn about the movement while we are in school? 
  • What is left out?
  • Example: Rosa Parks

Seeding the Civil Rights Movement:

  • Women’s work
  • Misogyny in the movement

Strategic Nonviolence (example: Nashville sit ins)

  • Activist education
  • Civil disobedience

Crisis Moments:

  • Creating crisis moments
  • Using media coverage

“Whitewashing” movements and their leaders.

  • Example: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black Lives Matter: 

  • Differences and similarities to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
  • The pandemic.

Closing song: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On?

  • Returning from Vietnam to racial tensions at home.