Teaching and Engaging Students

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells

What’s in the Curriculum?

A committee of local educators created the following lesson plans to be used in classrooms in and around Jefferson County, Alabama to complement the work of the Equal Justice Initiative and the Jefferson County Memorial Project. Included here are both history and language arts lesson plans intended to prepare students in grades 10-12 for a visit to EJI’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

As such, these lessons employ primary sources such as newspaper articles, images, song lyrics and poetry focused on lynching and racial terror. The lesson plans acknowledge the difficulty of the subject matter and provide strategies to prepare students and teachers for conversations and a potential field trip that will be both meaningful and productive. The plans were designed to be flexible and ready to implement in one to five days of classroom instruction. 

Helpful Details

Who is the curriculum for?

It’s targeted for History and Language Arts students in the 10th – 12th grades.

How long is it?

The plans were designed to be flexible and ready to implement in one to five days of classroom instruction.

Does it meet state standards?


Plan a Free Trip To the Memorial

A field trip to the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Pease and Justice and the Legacy Museum is a very powerful educational experience.  If you and your students are interested in this,  The Foundation for Liberty and Justice will reimburse schools for the costs of  field trips to Montgomery.  Download the application form here.

JCMP Educator Committee

The curriculum was created by: 

J.P. Hemingway (Co-Chair)
Assistant Head of School for Academics
The Altamont School

Dr. Kristie Williams (Co-Chair)
6-8 Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Coordinator 
Birmingham City Schools

Liora Chessin
Middle School Teacher
N.E. Miles Jewish Day School

Barry McNealy
Education Program Consultant
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Rhonda Rush 
AP Social Studies Content Director
A+ Education Partnership

Mariohn Michel
Executive Director
Breakthrough Birmingham 

Dr. Andrew Nelson
Head of History Department/U.S. History Teacher
The Altamont School

Dr. Tineka B. Peoples, NBCT
English Teacher
Ramsay High School 

Elizabeth A. Thomas
9-12 Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Coordinator
Birmingham City Schools

Joni Wiley 
Coordinator Social Justice Programs
YWCA Alabama 

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