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Oh, Freedom Over Me! Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

Help your students learn about the important 20th-century turning points of the Civil Rights Movement with this collection of teaching tips, video instruction guides, and classroom activities.

  • Who was Emmett Till? What decision did his mother make and why did she choose to do so? How did the murder of Emmett Till lead to the civil rights movement?
  • What did African Americans do to end segregation of public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama? Provide several specific examples of the sacrifices they endured.
  • What pivotal court case led to the desegregation of schools? Evaluate the success of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board; how effective was the ruling in integrating schools?


  1. Overview: Oh, Freedom over Me!
  2. Visuals: Oh, Freedom over Me! (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Murder of Emmett Till
  7. Lesson: 2-Montgomery Bus Boycott
  8. Lesson: 3-Little Rock
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Lynchings: demonstrators protest Emmett Till slaying
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Parks, Rosa: at the front of a bus
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Segregation: drinking fountains
  13. Facts & Figures: Civil Rights Legislation, 1863–Present
  14. Reference Articles: Birmingham protests
  15. Reference Articles: Emmett Till Murder
  16. Reference Articles: Montgomery Bus Boycott
  17. Reference Articles: Segregation
  18. Reference Articles: Little Rock Desegregation Crisis
  19. Biographies: Bates, Daisy
  20. Biographies: Parks, Rosa
  21. Letters & Narratives: Robinson, Jo Ann: Letter to Montgomery Mayor (1954)
  22. Letters & Narratives: Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson: Account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)
  23. Speeches: Eisenhower, Dwight D.: Little Rock School Crisis speech (1957)

MLA Citation

"Oh, Freedom over Me! Teaching the Civil Rights Movement." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153087?cid=256. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153087

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