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James Baldwin: Art, Sexuality and Civil Rights

"How did Baldwin use his art form--his writing--as a form of political protest to shape the objectives of the civil rights movement and extend its reach to the LGBT community?" This question is among those explored in James Baldwin: Art, Sexuality, and Civil Rights. The lesson plan explores the life of the writer and activist and relates his work to larger themes of gender-justice, sexuality, and civil rights. The themes and resources it encompasses may be a great addition to high school history, social studies, or language arts curriculum. The lesson plan includes handouts, a PowerPoint, and discussion and personal reflection questions, as well as suggested listening material (a seven-minute clip, "American Lives: James Baldwin, Lifting the Veil," from NPR's Morning Edition), which illuminate Baldwin's role as a prominent literary figure and activist. Those who enjoy this plan may want to check out the additional three lesson plans included as a part of The Role of Gay Men and Lesbians in the Civil Rights Movement unit, which also features Lorraine Hansberry, Pauli Murray, and Bayard Rustin. These lessons were created by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center dedicated to "educat[ing] children and youth to be active participants in diverse democracies."
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February 21st, 2020
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January 28th, 2020 at 12:35pm
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February 18th, 2020 at 9:44am
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