Hidden Voices of New York City: Elsie Richardson Student Workshop (Grades 3-5) - 9:30am

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 9:30am

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Two women speak to each other.
Courtesy of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration

Educators! Register your students in grades 3-5 for this virtual workshop in collaboration with the Center for Brooklyn History to learn more about the life and activism of Elsie Richardson, as the third installment of our Hidden Voices of New York City virtual series.  

Students who participate in this series receive access to a diversity of perspectives, develop historical thinking skills necessary to develop an understanding of the past and how it influences our present and future, and build skills in civic agency through exposure to the stories of people who organized within and beyond the city of New York to improve the city at-large for all New Yorkers. 

This 1-hour workshop includes an active chat for class participation and student activities to do during the program. Told like a story in “chapters”, Elsie Richardson’s life, work, and legacy will be explored through a close examination of images and historic artifacts.  

About Elsie Richardson 

"We’ve been studied to death, what we need is bricks and mortar!” These are the words of Elsie Richardson (1922-2012), a community-based leader in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn who organized and led the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), which set a model for community development corporations nationwide, geared at reversing disinvestment in inner-city neighborhoods. Mrs. Richardson and her community were tired of the government’s failure to invest in their beloved Bed-Stuy, so they worked together to transform their neighborhood by creating superblocks, business development, job placement programs, and even a theater to promote the arts in the community. 

About the Workshop 

In this virtual workshop, students will learn more about redlining and its impact on neighborhoods throughout the city. Using Elsie Richardson’s life and activism as an entry point, they will take a particular look at the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, explore how redlining changed the community, and discover how members of the community worked together, through organizations like the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Committee (CBCC) and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), to create what the community needed in order to thrive. 

Free. Registration required. Educators who register their class will be provided with a zoom link in the days before the program. This program is presented as a webinar for student privacy. Participants are not visible on camera and chat comments are visible only to the Museum. 

Program Partners 

This program has been designed and will be facilitated in partnership with the Center for Brooklyn History. Learn more about the Center for Brooklyn History on their website: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/cbh/about/history. 

Brooklyn Public Library, Center For Brooklyn History.







About the Hidden Voices of New York City Virtual Program Series 

Hidden Voices of New York City is a six-part virtual workshop series for grades 3-5 from the Museum of the City of New York that highlights and honors the individual and collective experiences of a diverse swath of New Yorkers.  

Students who participate in the Hidden Voices of New York City virtual student series will sharpen their historical thinking skills through engagement with primary and secondary source materials, hone skills in civic agency through exposure to the stories of people who organized within and beyond the city of New York, and gain an understanding of how the past influences our present and future.  

The professional learning portion of the Hidden Voices of New York City series is designed to support educators with the best teaching strategies to bring these stories into the classroom, including activities and discussion strategies for grades 3 to 5. Learn more about these changemakers through thought-provoking guest speakers and primary source analysis that will expose multiple perspectives about the era in which they lived, the challenges they faced, and the legacy they left in New York. The Hidden Voices project is aligned to the Passport to Social Studies curriculum.   

Learn more at www.mcny.org/hidden-voices 

Can't make the 9:30 am program? We are offering a second program on Mar 22nd at 11:30am!

Sign up here: Elsie Richardson Student Workshop – 11:30am

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