Created by KQED Education Network (KQED EdNet), The Fillmore Web site
includes activities and lessons that, in conjunction with the television program,
support thematic studies of the Harlem Renaissance, Japanese American
Internment, Urban Renewal, Neighborhoods, and Community Activism.
Below are brief
summaries of the 5 lesson plans that link to their corresponding and
complete versions. You can download* them and then adapt the lessons
for use in your classroom.
*All of the
lesson plans are available in PDF format, please see the PDF
To the residents who called it home in the 1940s and 1950s, San Francisco's
Fillmore district was a vital center of African American social, economic
and cultural life. How did this once mostly Japanese American neighborhood
become a center of black life? How was the Fillmore district like
Harlem during its renaissance 30 years earlier, and how was it unique?
What tensions threatened to end the heyday of the Fillmore district
and displace its thriving community?
What would it feel like to suddenly have your neighbors and classmates
disappear because of their race? In this lesson, students will experience
the internment of Japanese Americans from San Francisco's Fillmore
neighborhood. By connecting local experiences with national events,
students will understand both the constitutional issues at stake and
the human impact of this government policy.
How could public policies created to improve a neighborhood end up
destroying its vital fabric? Urban renewal policies enacted in San
Francisco's Fillmore district in the 1950s-60s provide a vivid case
study in public policy, federal and local government, and citizen
activism. This important history sheds light on present-day urban
renewal policies, such as empowerment zones and welfare-to-work.
In these activities, students will be asked to think about the neighborhoods
in which they live, to consider what exactly makes up a neighborhood,
and the current issues their neighborhood may be facing.
When the city of San Francisco announced phase two of "urban renewal"
in the Fillmore district, the mostly African American community was
skeptical. The real impact of phase one, as James Baldwin noted in
1963, was not improvement of life for residents, but the "removal
of Negroes." This time residents fought back. Ordinary citizens became
leaders as they formed the Western Addition Community Organization,
a group whose legal victory against the city marked the first time
in U.S. history that the people won the right to participate in their
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