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The Modern Civil Rights Movement is a significant landmark in United States history. This movement was a struggle for human rights directly challenging the nation to extend its democratic principles to African Americans and all peoples. This course sheds light on the often overlooked strategic planning that supported the direction of the events and is told by a voice intimately involved in the organization of movement—Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Topics include the history of the campaigns, the different coalitions and groups, philosophy and methods of nonviolent direct action, and the contemporary application of nonviolent conflict transformation. The course hosts several guest speakers, including Andrew Young, Reverend C.T. Vivian, Henry "Hank" Thomas, and Constance Curry. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to: ● Discuss the contributions and involvement of civil rights activists and leaders in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) campaigns in the United States. ● Examine the chronology and phases of the Movement and CRM campaigns. ● Recognize and characterize the diverse activist groups involved in the CRM. ● Discuss Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence from a historical perspective. ● List and define the principles and strategies of nonviolence. ● Examine organizational and social change applications related to nonviolence. ● Identify the role of nonviolence in modern activism along with additional resources to broaden knowledge of principles of nonviolence. ● Recognize the application of nonviolence theories to activism, current issues, and everyday life....
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
4 hours to complete

Movements & Campaigns

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to: 1) discuss the contributions and involvement of civil rights activists and leaders in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) campaigns in the United States, and 2) examine the chronology and phases of the Movement and CRM campaigns....
Reading
14 videos (Total 155 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Bernard LaFayette, Jr.: Introduction & Bio7m
Phases of the Civil Rights Movement10m
Nashville Campaign10m
Selma to Montgomery March (1965)9m
Freedom Rides8m
Recruiting for the Freedom Rides4m
Freedom Ride Strategy13m
Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement6m
Interview with Andrew Young, Part 125m
Marching: Interview with Reginald Moore & Sam Walker13m
Interview with Andrew Young, Part 213m
Interview with Andrew Young, Part 314m
Interview with Andrew Young, Part 415m
Reading5 readings
Getting Started10m
Special Thanks10m
Reading Activities & Resources10m
Additional Readings & Resources10m
Discussion Questions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 110m
Week
2
Clock
3 hours to complete

Organizations of the Civil Rights Movement

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to: 1) list the major groups of the American Civil Rights Movement, 2) discuss the impact of CRM groups, 3) discuss the importance of having multiple groups involved in the CRM, and 4) analyze the importance of strategy in organizing groups....
Reading
16 videos (Total 155 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
Confronting Hate with Love7m
Fearlessness as a Strategy of Resistance13m
CORE: Congress of Racial Equality9m
SNCC: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee4m
SCLC: Southern Christian Leadership Conference13m
The Highlander Folk School4m
Organizing Efforts in Selma6m
Organizing in the Slums of Chicago9m
The Poor People's Campaign15m
Everyone Can Participate in the Movement5m
Remembering Viola Liuzzo4m
Training and Mobilization Efforts of the Highlander Folk School7m
Interview with Connie Curry, Part 119m
Interview with Connie Curry, Part 216m
Interview with Henry Thomas12m
Reading2 readings
Reading Activities & Resources10m
Discussion Questions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 210m
Week
3
Clock
2 hours to complete

Nonviolent Philosophies & Tactics

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to: 1) list and define the six principles of nonviolence, 2) identify the six strategies of nonviolence, and 3) analyze the social dynamics of nonviolence....
Reading
11 videos (Total 97 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Applying Nonviolent Philosophy to International Situations8m
Social Dynamics of Nonviolence12m
How Does Dr. King's Legacy of Nonviolence Resonate Today?5m
The Symbol of the Confederate Flag: Moving Forward8m
The Six Principles of Nonviolence, Part 118m
The Six Principles of Nonviolence, Part 23m
The Media's Role in the Civil Rights Movements of Yesterday and Today3m
Nonviolent Strategies7m
Tri-State Conspiracy: Nonviolent Strategy in Action12m
Brown Chapel, Selma, Alabama6m
Reading2 readings
Reading Activities & Resources10m
Discussion Questions10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Myths & Facts Exercise8m
Quiz 310m
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4
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2 hours to complete

Organizational & Social Change

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to: 1) describe the various applications of nonviolence, 2) outline the academic foundations of nonviolence, and 3) define and discuss social action....
Reading
8 videos (Total 86 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Dr. LaFayette: Why I Chose Nonviolence6m
Preparation & Support15m
Social Action in Practice: Lunch Counter Sit-Ins7m
Academic Foundations of Nonviolence10m
Nonviolence in the Workplace6m
Ministry in the Movement: Interview with Reverend C.T. Vivian, Part 117m
Ministry in the Movement: Interview with Reverend C.T. Vivian, Part 213m
Reading2 readings
Reading Activities & Resouces10m
Discussion Questions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 410m
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Top Reviews

By EBApr 25th 2018

Among the very best courses led by the participants in the struggle for civil rights. Helped me to gain a better understanding of what has been gained (and lost) in our nation's story.

By JQDec 6th 2015

Nice review of a very difficult time in our history which was favored by some courageous folks who worked and endured a lot to effect a better society.

Instructor

Bernard LaFayette, Jr.

Civil Rights Leader

About Emory University

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world's leading research universities. Its mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity....

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