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8:08 PM Tue, Nov. 13th

PUSD students study civil rights

Prescott Unified Schools had the day off last Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Many students and families use this day off from school as a day of service in the community. 

Following MLK Day, the students immersed themselves in curriculum and discussions about integrity, honor, and standing up for what is right ... “That’s Rosa Parks” said Granite Mountain fifth graders.

Students in room 302 at Granite Mountain School have been immersed in a unit about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s.  Specifically, fifth graders have learned about the struggle for equality through the study of several extraordinary African American heroes. Elizabeth Eckford and the Little Rock Nine, Ruby Bridges, and Rosa Parks were all included in the unit of study. Throughout the unit students were required to consider some guiding questions such as:

1.  What are the characteristics of a hero?

2.  Is the strategy of nonviolence always an effective way to solve problems?

3.  Is there still evidence of discrimination in our school, community, or country?

The unit culminated in a performance of “Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott” on Jan. 18 performed for several classrooms from Abia Judd Elementary.  The boycott lasted 381 days, and finally on Dec. 20, 1956, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s State and local laws requiring segregation on buses was against the Constitution.  

Closing the unit of study, fifth graders, through analysis and a viewing of King’s “I have a Dream” Speech, performed a spirit read in which students chose their favorite lines to recite in front of the Abia Judd audience.

Information provided by Prescott Unified School District.