Art and The Civil Rights Movement

Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With

Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With, painted in 1963, is considered an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The painting depicts six year-old Ruby Bridges walking to school accompanied by four U.S. marshals. As part of desegregation, Ruby was the first African American student to attend the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Read the rest of this entry »

Open Sesame: 5 Picture Books Present Amazing Women In History

Open Sesame: Kid Lit Musings and Review by Cheli Mennella

Five New Picture Books Present  Amazing Women In History

For Women’s History Month, here are five new picture books honoring women who made a difference in art, photography, science, sports media, and education!

One of the many aspects of the picture book I adore is that they are compact vessels of information. My children and I often have the experience of discovering little-known pieces of history and fascinating people of interest while immersed in a picture book biography. And this month has been no exception.

In the five new picture books presented here, all of which honor women in history, I was familiar with only one name. What a marvelous power the picture book holds in this regard – to tell the story of important but overlooked pioneers, to share their life and work through art and narrative, and to introduce children to the idea of dreaming big.

Here are five inspiring stories about girls who made a difference, packaged ever so delightfully in the form of a picture book.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 16th & 17th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2008

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


 

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Six Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2015

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in western Massachusetts, 2015

Next week, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th, 2015, presents families with a three-day weekend. Instead of spending your extra day off sleeping in and lazing around the house, highlight the historical significance of the holiday for your family and find a way to make it meaningful. Families can find special events and service opportunities taking place across western Massachusetts, each of which presents students with the chance to learn experientially about the history of oppression in our country, community activism, and the importance of kindness and a commitment to serve others. Here are six ways to celebrate with your community and family in meaning ways in western MA: Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Martin Luther King Celebrations

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in western Massachusetts

Next week, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th, 2014, presents families with a three-day weekend. Instead of spending your extra day off sleeping in and lazing around the house, highlight the historical significance of the holiday for your family and find a way to make it meaningful. Families can find special events and service opportunities taking place across western Massachusetts, each of which presents students with the chance to learn experientially about the history of oppression in our country, community activism, and the importance of kindness and a commitment to serve others.

Mass Audubon will be hosting the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at both Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden. Both events will begin with readings of King’s writing about justice and service, and families will learn how to relate his ideas to environmental justice. Afterward, families will be able to do hands-on work to help maintain the sanctuary, such as trail clearing and maintenance, upkeep of buildings, and invasive species removal. The events at both sanctuaries will begin at 9:30am, and will include outdoor work – so dress warmly! Productive participants of all ages are welcome to volunteer at Arcadia, however the work at Laughing Brook is more appropriate for older teens and adults.

Families interested in participating in a community service project that directly serves other community members can participate in the North Berkshire Community Coalition’s MLK Jr. Day of Service in North Adams. Open to teens and adults, the event will include tasks like home insulation and winterizing, painting, knitting, cleaning, and organizing. The event will take place from 9:30am-12:30pm, and includes lunch. Volunteers should meet for the event as Mass College of Liberal Arts’ Church Street Center (61 Main Street, North Adams), but may participate in projects at other locations during the event.

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Resources to Explore MLK & the Civil Rights Movement

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
“I Have A Dream” Speech

Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:

  • FamilyEducation.com has Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities and Resources for Kids
  • Kaboose.com has a great list of Black History Links
  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is a lesson on Scholastic.com that describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Kodak.com offers a photo display titled Powerful Days in Black & White
  • PBS.com has a companion site to the American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Citizen King
  • Lest We Forget: Images From the Civil Rights Movement is a collection of portraits of civil right leaders by 20th century artist Robert Templeton
  • HFVS Peace Episode has a good selection of peace themed songs, appropriate for MLK Day.
  • Please share resources you’ve discovered too and leave us a comment.

     

    Children’s Crusade of 1963 Sparks Cafeteria Food Boycott

    Fourth Graders Boycott Cafeteria Food

    Fourth grade students at Nuestro Mundo Elementary School in Madison, WI started a group called Boycott School Lunch (BCSL) last fall after conducting some “gross experiments” in the school cafeteria, like measuring how much grease they could squeeze out of a hamburger. They had been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in history class. Their teacher, Joshua Forehand, showed them a movie about the Children’s Crusade that took place in Birmingham, AL in 1963 (lesson plan), and this sparked the students to organize a peaceful protest for healthier cafeteria food.

    Click here to read more over at Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy.

    HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

    Listen to Podcast:

     HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA
    Tuesday evening @ 7pm

    01/22/08 PLAYLIST

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    The Indigos K-1 Class from the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School came down to the radio station for a field trip. They got to see one of VFR’s reggae programs airing live and took a tour of the production room. Each student took a turn on the mic and shown how sound is recorded and then aired. Together with Jason Threlfall on guitar, the entire class gathered in the production room and sang “The River is Flowing,” aired in this episode. Here’s a slide show from their visit. Thanks to Jason for taking pictures!

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    FIELD TRIP TO VALLEY FREE RADIO

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    MUSIC FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

    Putting together this MLK episode was a great pleasure. It was very interesting to hear my co-host/daughter tell us what she’s learned about MLK in her kindergarten class and to share what her current understanding is of that time in American history. And it was interesting to hear her personalize the history by noting her father’s darker Mediterranean skin color. I could see fire in her eyes at the thought of someone discriminating against her daddy.

    We featured several classic Civil Rights movement songs on this week’s show, including

    • This Little Light of Mine,” an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement and a song all children should learn as a source of inspiration as they face adversaries and hard times in this life.
    • We Shall Not Be Moved,” an African-American spiritual that was sung during the slave liberation movement and the Civil Rights Movement. A great song to teach your children as they learn to stand up for truth and justice.
    • If I Had a Hammer,” a song that’s been sung during the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement
    • We Shall Overcome,” a song that originated back before the Civil War, that Pete Seeger and Joan Baez have been credited for popularizing.

    Another great song that has become synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement is an African-American spiritual, “Oh Freedom,” which was sung by Joan Baez on the morning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great speech, “I Have a Dream.” Here’s a video of Joan Baez singing “Oh Freedom.”

    “The fact that so many folksingers joined Dr. King in his effort to spread the word about civil rights was hugely relevant, not only because it brought a little added media attention to the effort, but also because it showed that there was a faction of the white community that was willing to stand up for the rights of African-Americans. The presence of folks like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, and Pete Seeger alongside Dr. King and his allies served as an omen to people of all colors, shapes, and sizes that we are all in this together.”[source]

    Check out PBS American Experience post Music in the Civil Rights Movements for more info on music from the time.

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