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Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall’s triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America’s public schools completed the final leg of an heroic journey to end legal segregation.

For 20 years, during wartime and the Depression, Marshall had traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through the Jim Crow South of the United States, fighting segregation case by case, establishing precedent after precedent, all leading up to one of the most important legal decisions in American history. Along the way, he escaped the gun of a Dallas sheriff, was pursued by the Ku Klux Klan on Long Island, hid in bushes from a violent mob in Detroit, and even survived his own lynching.

In this impossible environment, Thurgood Marshall won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history, and set the stage for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Marshall, who went on to become the first black Supreme Court justice in 1967, made the work of civil rights pioneers like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks possible, by laying the groundwork to end legal segregation and changing the American legal landscape.


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Stand! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

Stand! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

STAND! chronicles the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), selecting Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous 'Project C' (Project Confrontation) in 1963.

Bringing to light often overlooked and unknown facts about the system of segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, STAND! features the brave men and women who risked all to bring about its demise. STAND! dispels many myths that the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement was all Black, all Male, and led by ministers who rallied in 1963 and liberated a city.

In the spring of 1962, a group of students from Miles College led by Frank Dukes, their 31-year-old Student Government Association President, created and launched a Selective Buying Campaign. Supporting the students were Miles College President Dr. Lucius H Pitts, selected faculty, local housewives, and members of Birmingham's White community. These factions brought about significant desegregation before Dr. King's arrival to the city in 1963.

STAND! features interviews from heroes and heroines of the movement, who have, until now, been inexplicably unsung. The music of jazz legend Cleve Eaton, who played with Count Basie, Ramsey Lewis and many others, is seamlessly interwoven with hip hop beats from King B Low and gospel music by Nims Gay and Pat Fields. This authentic combination of music gives STAND! the true feeling and power that was the Movement.


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Explore Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with this collection of videos and web-exclusive features from trusted public media partners. Each of the features below is a window into a documentary or program about MLK and his legacy on civil rights and equality in the U.S. The features will connect you directly to the website of a PBS partner where it can be viewed in full or allow you to watch a preview directly within the collection. Get started now. Be inspired by the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. From PBS.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. | Grades K-12

This website includes the Liberation Curriculum with Lesson plans and Resources for all grade levels. From Stanford University.

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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Grades K-12

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history. From National Education Association.

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