Segregation, a social system based on a long history of prejudices 

Segregation, a social system based on a long history of prejudices and discrimination, was deeply entrenched in people’s minds as well as in the culture. How did segregation manifest itself in daily life in the South?

Segregation, a social system based on a long history of prejudices

1. Read the assignment prompts before you begin viewing the program to plan carefully for critical analysis.

2. Choose one of the two civil rights video assignments below:
• Civil Rights Movement (1954-56) Awakenings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpY2NVcO17U&t=12s
Or
• Civil Rights Movement (1957-1962) Fighting Back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bb76CK3Cwc&t=247s

3. Read the assignment prompts before you begin viewing the program to plan carefully for critical analysis.

4. While watching the documentary, take careful notes as you evaluate what you are learning and decide what to include in your essay.

5. Once you complete your information gathering experience, Create a two-page paper that answers reflective prompts about the experience. Add photos to your essay from the Internet related to the civil rights struggle to punctuate your essay. Be thoughtful about constructing this essay based on the placement of the photos.

6. The FOUR prompts (a-d) for this essay are as follows:
a. Demonstrate that you understand the significance of what you have learned. Choose one film and answer the following KEY questions:

Film One: Awakenings:

Segregation, a social system based on a long history of prejudices and discrimination, was deeply entrenched in people’s minds as well as in the culture.

Firstly, How did segregation manifest itself in daily life in the South?

Secondly, How did segregation disenfranchise African-Americans?

Thirdly, Why do you think the lynching of Emmett Till became a catalyst in the national movement for civil rights?

Fourthly, In what ways did the media educate the nation about the events in Mississippi and Montgomery?

Further, What means were available to disenfranchised blacks in America to fight segregation?

Additionally, How did people summon the courage to confront the intimidation, brutality, and injustice they faced under the Jim Crow system?

This film series is called Eyes on the Prize. What is the prize highlighted by the series?

Film Two: Fighting Back:

What is the difference between desegregation and integration? What is required for each?

SECONDLY, Why was school desegregation so explosive?

Thirdly, The NAACP chose to contest segregation in federal courts. What myths did it force people to confront?

Further, what other avenues of protest were open to African-Americans?

Additionally, how can a democracy ensure that it is not undermined by mob rule?

What is the role of the federal government in protecting the freedoms guaranteed to all American citizens when the state fails to do so? What role does the US Constitution play in protecting the rights of American citizens?

b. Compare the information you gathered in this experience to the material you are learning in American Government class. Select specific course concepts that align with what you have learned in this film review and share them in your essay. Defend your selections by explaining why they align.

c. Provide an argument as to why these kinds of student experiences are important to enhance civic education.

d. Identify the specific career skills necessary to complete this assignment and provide an analysis as to how those skills might be useful in your academic pathway and civic life.

7. Do not look up information about this civic engagement film activity on the Internet other than to find photos to add to your essay. ALL content in your reflective essay must be your own. Using information from any source but your own efforts at research will be consider academic dishonesty, which violated GSU’s Plagiarism Policy and can result in a failing grade in the class or expulsion from College.