The Rochester City School District and the Council of Urban Boards of Education present:
A National Dialogue - Civil Rights History and Present Day Events
We are proud to have been a part of a dialogue with school districts across the nation, engaging in conversation about Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech and the contemporary issues facing our nation related to recent civil rights events.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School - Rochester, New York
- MetEast High School - Camden, New Jersey
- International Technology Academy - Pontiac, Michigan
- Hillsborough County Schools - Tampa, Florida
- Brooklyn Preparatory High School - New York City Dept. Of Education, New York
- Samuel Gompers Middle School - Los Angeles, California
- McCluer South-Berkeley High School - Ferguson-Florissant SD, Missouri
- Booker T. Washington High School – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Channel 8 News Coverage
NPR Morning Edition Story
Education Week Blog PostCheck us out in the Education Week Blog!
Democrat & Chronicle Newspaper ArticleCheck out this follow up by RCSD students!
Urban Educator Article - pg.5
Poll Results from the Webcast
Throughout the webcast the RCSD facilitated polls to all participating districts. Here are the results.
Webcast of the Event
Themes of Exploration for Facilitating Schools:
Theme 1: Segregation and Discrimination
What are the instances of segregation and discrimination in the United States that led to the Civil Rights Movement?
What evidence supports the statement that segregation and discrimination does/does not exist in America today?
Theme 2: Unearned Suffering
What did Dr. King mean when he said: “unearned suffering is redemptive?” What are some examples of unearned suffering that occurred for “the Negro” leading up to the Civil Rights movement?
What evidence is there that the sufferings, beatings, and imprisonment that Dr. King and others endured during the Civil Rights era, reaped some benefits for African-Americans and people of other diverse cultures today?
Theme 3: Unrest, Discontent, Demonstration
What did “discontent” and “unrest” look like in the United States during the Civil Rights Era?
Based on recent events, how are citizens demonstrating “discontent” today and how are those demonstrations similar to and different from the demonstrations from the Civil Rights era? Do these demonstrations signal a rejection of Dr. King’s advice that we should, “...conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline…” and that we meet “...physical force with soul force?”
Theme 4: The Dream
In your own words and style, describe what Dr. King meant by his “dream.”
What dreams do you and your classmates hold for yourselves, your families, and your communities today? How do you see yourself making those dreams come true? What role, if any, do you see education play in making your dreams a reality?