"We Shall Overcome" Speech

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"Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man." President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 speech to Congress following the beating of civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama, provides class members with an opportunity to ponder the question of how revolutions start.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • After a reading of the speech, project the YouTube video of Johnson delivering the speech to Congress
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity assumes that class members are familiar with the controversies surrounding voting rights and with the "Bloody Sunday" events in Selma
  • The resource includes text-based and discussion questions, as well as an annotated list of related text that may be paired with Johnson's speech
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Common Core