Presentation on theme: "Rights-Writing Journal"— Presentation transcript:
1 Rights-Writing Journal What rights do you have as an American citizen? What gives us these rights? How would you react if someone tried to take your rights away? What could you do?Intro to rosa parks, civil rights movement, look at declaration, bill of rights, what if the gov’t tries to take your rights (possibly show intro to Gattaca as example of why civil rights movement could matter)
2 Civil Rights Powerpoint We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--I Have a DreamMartin Luther King Jr.Civil Rights PowerpointMontgomery Bus BoycottCivil DisobedienceIdea of “inherent” inalienable rights, use after intro to rosa parks, american rightsRosa Parks14th Amendment
3 Plessy v. Ferguson: separate but equal How “equal” do these schools look?What is your impression of each of the schools? Which would you rather go to, and why?After
7 My Arkansas -Maya Angelou Sunrise seems to hesitateand in the secondlose itsincandescent aim, anddusk no more shadowsthan the noon.The past is brighter yet.There is a deep broodingin Arkansas.Old crimes like moss pendfrom popular trees.The sullen earthis much toored for comfort.Old hates andante-bellum lace, are rentbut not discarded.Today is yet to comein Arkansas.It writhes. It writhes in awfulwaves of brooding.
8 from “The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock” –Gwendolyn Brooks In Little Rock the people bear Babes, and comb and part their hair And watch the want ads, put repair To roof and latch. While wheat toast burns A woman waters multiferns. Time upholds or overturns The many, tight, and small concerns. In Little Rock the people sing Sunday hymns like anything, Through Sunday pomp and polishing. And after testament and tunes, Some soften Sunday afternoons With lemon tea and Lorna Doones.I forecast, And I believeCome Christmas Little Rock will cleaveTo Christmas tree and trifle…In Little Rock they knowNot answering the telephone is a way of rejecting life,That it is our business to be bothered,is our businessTo cherish bores or boredom, be politeTo lies and love and many-faceted fuzziness.I scratch my head, massage the hate-I-had.I blink across my prim and pencilled pad.The saga I was sent for is not down.Because there is a puzzle in this town.The biggest News I do not dareTelegraph to the Editor’s chair:“They are like people everywhere.”
9 The angry Editor would reply In hundred harryings of Why.And true, they are hurling spittle, rock,Garbage and fruit in Little Rock.And I saw coiling storm a-writheOn bright madonnas. And a scytheOf men harassing brownish girls.(The bows and barrettes in the curlsAnd braids declined away from joy.)I saw a bleeding brownish boyThe lariat lynch-wish I deplored.The loveliest lynchee was our Lord.
10 Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” “…And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a statesweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat ofoppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nationwhere they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by thecontent of their character….”