Rights & Activism

Help students understand the role of rights and resistance in shaping our history, and provide models of informed civic engagement. From women's suffrage to the civil rights movement to Standing Rock, our rights and activism resources can help inspire students to recognize and speak out against injustice.

“When you take stories of adversity and flip them into stories of glory—of how the human spirit is able to overcome, even in the worst of circumstances—there is power that our students stand to get from that.”

Barbie Garayúa-Tudryn

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Featured Rights & Activism Resources

Youth United!

This series of three mini-documentaries features young people shaping their own futures and being the change they want to see in the world.

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Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

This film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South.

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Do Something!

Browse these student performance tasks designed to encourage social activism and community engagement.

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Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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