“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

Cassandra Alexander, Social Studies, James Martin Middle

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


Students will examine the roots of social injustice through the eyes and experiences of minority youth whose lives have become examples of disparity in America. Students will be able to evaluate the role children and young people played in the Civil Rights Movement as well as determine how their actions and sacrifice affect Modern Society today. Students will be able to answer the Essential questions for this unit as follows:


  • What differing roles did children and young people play during the Civil Rights Movement as victims and activists?
  • How did their actions and sacrifices effect changes in society then and today?
  • Why does child activism still matter today?