Civil Rights in New York: From School Boycotts to ‘Beyond Vietnam’

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 5:00pm

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Photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Benjamin Spock and Monsignor Rice of Pittsburgh at the Solidarity Day Parade in New York City on April 15, 1967.
Benedict J. Fernandez. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Benjamin Spock and Monsignor Rice.] April 15, 1967. Museum of the City of New York. 99.150.9

From fighting employment discrimination to organizing for equitable schools to marching against police brutality, New Yorkers were at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 20th century.   

In this online educator workshop, dive into the stories of New York’s network of activists including Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore the history and legacy of Black activism in the city.  

In this program, you'll discover primary sources from our Activist New York and King in New York exhibitions, enjoy a preview of our virtual field trip, The Civil Rights Movement in NYC, and leave with new ideas and confidence for highlighting these stories in your teaching. 

Click here to find a resource sheet for this workshop highlighting featured MCNY exhibitions, sources, and lesson plans, as well as suggested readings for further exploration.

FREE. Registration required. 1.5 CTLE hours. 


Education programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. 

Professional Learning programs are made possible in part by …a chance… fund, inc. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

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