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Funding Will Provide Support for Teachers to Explore the Civil Rights Context for President John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Texas in November 1963.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Receives Grant from Humanities Texas for Civil Rights Training Institute
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has received a grant from Humanities Texas to support John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a weeklong teacher training institute to be held at the Museum July 29 – August 2, 2013. The grant will provide general support and scholarships for teachers throughout North Texas to expand their understanding of President Kennedy’s assassination by exploring the civil rights context for his trip to Texas in November 1963.
Through presentations by humanities scholars and a civil rights activist, teachers will broaden their own content knowledge and develop primary source-based lesson plans that help their students put the 50th anniversary of the assassination and several civil rights milestones into context. The institute will also include a curator-led bus tour of historic sites related to Dallas in the 1960s incorporating audio-visual materials and oral histories from the Museum’s collection. Some of the destinations include the site of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest and shooting, the Latino Cultural Center, and the home of legendary Dallas civil rights activist Juanita Craft.
Area scholars participating in the institute include Dr. Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University; Dr. Todd Moye, University of North Texas; Dr. Dennis Simon, Southern Methodist University; and Ms. Jenny Sweeney, National Archives and Records Administration, Fort Worth. Also presenting will be Clarence Broadnax, a civil rights activist who was one of the key organizers of the prominent 1964 protest of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in downtown Dallas. Educators on the Museum’s Teacher Advisory Committee will serve as lead teachers during the institute.
Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides funding and conducts programs to improve the quality of classroom teaching throughout the state. The grant of $8,493 will benefit teachers from the Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch, Coppell, Dallas, DeSoto, Fort Worth, Garland, Grand Prairie, Howe, Lewisville, McKinney and Richardson ISDs. Additional partnership support comes from the Texas Education Agency’s Region 10 Education Service Center. Lesson plans from the institute will be made available to teachers around the world via the Museum’s website.
The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.
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