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Students Visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum

Sun Valley's Civics and Economics classes experienced the International Civil Rights Center and Museum this semester while studying in class about our constitutional amendments, individual rights and the civil rights movement. The museum “celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement,” according to the Museum’s website. Without a doubt the centerpiece is the historic F.W. Woolworth lunch counter. 

Other exhibits include a critical look at segregation and “Jim Crow” laws, the establishment of the nation’s first black union, the accomplishments of African Americans to better their communities, and the role faith has played in the battle for equality. Many other permanent exhibits are ready for viewing at the museum, which relies on video reenactments, artifacts, news reels and more to tell the story.

Students enjoyed the trip and the experience to walk through a "Historical Primary Building" of notable significance. The opportunity to be in the presence of real historical artifacts is at times shocking as well as inspiring. It brings a new appreciation for our freedoms that are protected by our constitution as well as creates a purpose and mission for our individual lives and future.

Written by: Brian Pitoniak, Social Studies teacher
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 by Carrie Mabry

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