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Auburn University (Auburn, AL 36849-0001)
Jada L. Kohlmeier (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Steven P. Brown (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights: The Places, Faces, and Cases that Changed a Nation

A two-week institute for 25 school teachers on civil rights and legal history, focusing on four landmark Supreme Court cases from Alabama.

25 Grade 7-12 teachers will learn the historical, geographical, and political context of civil rights by focusing on how citizens used the law to create “a more perfect union.” Our institute will feature four landmark Supreme Court cases that originated in Alabama and influenced jurisprudence on four critical civil rights all Americans enjoy today: gender equality, freedom of association, right to counsel, and voting rights. An interdisciplinary and award-winning team of constitutional scholars, historians, and teacher educators will provide historical and legal context, model inquiry-based lessons using the jurisprudential framework, and take participants on field trips where they will see specific sites associated with the cases and hear speakers who argued these cases at the Supreme Court. Participants will develop mini-units for their students on cases relevant to their own curriculum with the support of content and pedagogy experts.

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Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence; Legal History; Political History

Institutes for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2022