Learning About the Civil Rights Movement

15 Feb 2018
ByAkim St Omer

Many associate the U.S. civil rights movement of the mid-20th century exclusively with the South. This week, students in the fifth grade at Ethical Culture got to see just how vibrant the movement was right here, in New York City.

Students visited the Museum of the City of New York to see "King in New York," an exhibition featuring photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visits to New York City. Fifth-grade teacher Daniel Crawford noted that although the purpose of the trip was multifaceted, a main objective was to dispel the myth that the civil rights movement was focused only in the South. On view in the exhibition are historic images of King with other civil rights leaders and political figures of the 1950s and 1960s.

Fifth graders have been studying the civil rights movement in class, reading various texts, including March, the graphic novel series by civil rights pioneer Congressman John Lewis, among others. This week's visit to the Museum of the City of New York allowed students to make connections between what they are studying in class and the city they call home.