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Unit 17: We Shall Overcome

Missourians Stand Up for Their Civil Rights.

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Kansas City Jazz
  • Negro League's Baseball Museum
  • 18th & Vine
  • Segregation Laws
  • 1920's growth of the cities
  • Kansas City Monarchs
  • The American Jazz Museum
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Charlie Parker
  • The Blue Room
  • Sharecroppers
  • Boot heel
  • Reverend Owen Whitfield
  • Labor movement
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Civil Rights
  • Ivory Perry
  • St. Louis Chapter of the Congress of
  • Racial Equality (CORE)
  • Hiring Discrimination
  • 1968 Kansas City Riots
  • School Desegregation
  • The Gem Theater - "The Jewel of 18th & Vine"
  • Lincoln School of Vandalia, MO

Lesson Plans



  • Missouri Black Heritage   
    Greene, Lorenzo Johnson; Kremer, Gary R.;
    Holland, Antonio F.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
  • ‘‘Homeless, Homeless are we’’
    Mitchell, Steve
    Preservation Issues
    Vol. 3, No. 1
    ‘‘Separate ... but Not Equal’’
    Fleming, Beverly
    Preservation Issues
    Vol. 5, No. 1
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources,  Historic Preservation Program
  • The Lincoln School News
    Acuff, Freda and Givens, Rev. Wm.
    Vandalia, Mo.
    Vol. 1, No. 1