Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Presentation Resources

Eyewitness to the Struggle: Teaching with Primary Sources 2/7/13

Drinking Fountains in the Dougherty County Courthouse,

Intro: In conjunction with the exhibit Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight For It, we partnered with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to gather with teachers and take a glimpse into the stages of the fight for equal education, the Supreme Court and Brown v. Board of Education decision and the events that followed. The Library of Congress site has many relevant resources for teachers to utilize in their classroom.  Be sure to visit IHMEC's Education pages.  Please click here for resources we used in the workshop.

Drinking Fountains in the Dougherty County Courthouse, Lyon, Danny (photographer), Albany, Georgia, ca. 1963. Library of Congress, American Treasures of the Library of Congress Exhibit, Civil Rights

If you are looking for classroom materials to engage students when learning about civil rights, be sure to visit the Library of Congress Teachers Page
and Classroom Materials where you will find a Themed Resource link to Primary Source SetsLesson PlansExhibitions and Presentations,Collection ConnectionsSearch Terms and recommended links For Students.


Why teach with Primary Sources?

History Refresher

African American Sites in the Digital Collections – Brown v. Board of Education


African American Odyssey – The Civil Rights Era


Timeline of Events Leading to the Brown v. Board of Education Decision, 1954


 Dr. Kenneth Clark Conducting the “Doll Test”



Explore the Stages of the Fight for Equal Education

A Time When Segregation was the Norm

Photos of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination: Documentation by Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Photographers


Library of Congress Exhibit American Treasures “Reason Gallery A”


Library of Congress Exhibit American Treasures “Reason Gallery”


1940s Overview


Photo Analysis - see column on right


Explore the Supreme Court Argument and Decision

1950s Overview


Library of Congress Exhibit With an Even Hand – Brown v. Board at Fifty


America’s Story – Thurgood Marshall


Marion Post Wolcott



Library of Congress Exhibit  With an Even Hand – Brown v. Board at Fifty Aftermath


It’s No Laughing Matter


Eastern logo


TPS EIU Calendar


Analysis Tools
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