In anticipation of the 60th anniversary of The March on Washington on August 28, 2023, teachers of grades 4-12 are invited to watch UO Alum James Blue’s award-winning film, The March. Discuss how to use this film and content from the digital exhibition, created by a partnership with the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and UO Libraries, to teach the civil rights movement and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Participation in this workshop is free thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. You will receive 2 PDUs for attendance to this workshop.
David Frank, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and creator of the online exhibition The March
Joie Littleton, Mellon Research Intern
Shanaè Joyce Stringer, Lane African American / Black Student Success.
Sherri Jones, Assistant Administrator of Education at the JSMA.
Historians tell us that the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was the most effective antiracist action of the 20th century, leading to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the War on Poverty, and a host of anti racist actions taken by the federal government. James Blue’s film, The March, is an award winning documentary of the march. Teachers of grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an opportunity to watch UO Alum James Blue’s award-winning film, The March and discuss how to use this film and content from the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the UO Libraries partnership website, The March, to teach the civil rights movement and the March on Washington. This professional opportunity offers resources to teach your students about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with UO’s Professor David Frank and UO student Joie Littleton. Prof. Frank, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric, an Andrew W. Mellon grant recipient, and creator of the online exhibition The March, will be accompanied by Joie Littleton, Mellon Research Intern graduating in Spring 2023 with degrees in cinema studies and public relations and hosted by Sherri Jones, Assistant Administrator of Education at the JSMA.
We will begin the hour with an introduction of the film and its director, James Blue, discussion of the historical context of the film and a review of the website filled with resources for teachers to learn and share in anticipation of the 60th anniversary of The March on Washington on August 28, 2023. Following the film, we will have opportunities for learning about this rich and influential moment as the impetus of the Long Civil Rights Movement. We will close with Q & A and time to share additional resources and opportunities for lesson planning and curriculum resources as a cohort.
You will receive 2 PDUs for attendance to this workshop.
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