Freedom Riders in the Classroom


The story of the Freedom Riders offers students a window into the Civil Rights Movement that allows them to identify more closely with the sacrifice and courage that was needed to secure civil rights for all Americans.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves to develop a full study guide, allowing for the distribution of the Freedom Riders film and companion teaching materials to classrooms nationwide. Additionally, Facing History offers educator workshops across the country and online to train teachers in using the Freedom Riders curriculum in their classrooms.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is also working with Teachers' Domain to develop digital resources for middle and high school students and educators that will enhance the use of Freedom Riders in the classroom.

Additional resources are available through the National Endowment for the Humanities' website EDSITEment.

About Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

About Teachers' Domain

Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television and designed for classroom use and professional development. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, FRONTLINE, Design Squad, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and other public broadcasting and content partners, are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.

About EDSITEment

EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a proud member of the Thinkfinity Consortium of premier educational websites. EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

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