ARCHIVE: Civil Rights: From Lincoln to Today
Recorded: Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
At the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. King famously said that he was in the nation’s capital to “cash a check” for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as promised a hundred years earlier by the Emancipation Proclamation. In this session, we’ll take a look at the legacy of Lincoln’s famous decree and the work that many leaders, ordinary citizens and even students undertook during the Civil Rights Movement to make a difference in today’s world. We’ll discuss the historical context behind these events and learn more about the ways the Smithsonian is keeping this history alive.
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In leading the Museum’s Daily Programs and its Program in African American Culture, Chris works to engage visitors in conversation about our nation’s rich and diverse history. As Director of Daily Programs, Chris created the Museum’s award-winning historic theater programs which offer interactive, personal presentations of stories of America’s past that resonate in the nation’s present. The director of the Program in African American Culture since June 2004, Chris also wants to enrich the experience of every visitor by offering them a glimpse into the rich history and culture of black Americans and an understanding that the American experience springs from many diverse stories.
As part of the Smithsonian’s History Explorer team, Naomi helps develop content for the Museum’s Web site for teachers, and teaches best practices for using these resources through teacher workshops. She is passionate about providing young people engaging opportunities to explore the past and to develop historical thinking skills by examining primary source materials.