Saturday, February 18, 2012

History In Pictures - Zinn Education Project

Freedom on the Menu is a picture book that I use as a lead-in to the Civil Rights Movement.   This book is about the Greensboro Sit-Ins.

I glanced at this picture from the Zinn Education project and immediately thought, “Oh I recognize this.”  I thought it was a picture of the sit-in at the Greensboro “Whites Only” lunch counter.  When I connected to the link  I learned that this picture wasn’t taken at Greensboro.  This picture was actually taken Feb 6, 1961, and is part of the Rochill sit-ins.  I also learned that one of the first lunch counter sit-ins took place June 23, 1957 in Durham, NC.

The Zinn Education Project has a number of photos and short captions that catch history in pictures.  What a great portal to going deeper into our history.
History in Pictures is part of the Zinn Education Project

Related Resources  (Interview “Dub” Massey - Library of Congress Collection)

Lesson Plan by Carole Boston Weatherford for her book Freedom on the Menu

Greensboro Unit Plan

Activity PDF to share with parents as they read the book “Freedom on the Menu” with K-4 students

Readers Theater Script


  1. Thanks for the resources, Ruth. The picture book looks good! Also, thanks for your very personal post yesterday. I applaud you for finding out so much.

  2. Thank you. There is still so much to do.


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