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Project C: Episode 2 - Boycotts and Lawsuits

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US History


In episode two, our journey to discover the lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement continues. In this episode we check in on our community page and follow our student reporters as they visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and meet with activists from the 1960s to learn about how to take action against injustice. Activist Bishop Calvin Woods and civil rights attorney Doug Jones answer viewer questions.


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Issue Guide

This issue guide is a companion piece to Project C. It was created to encourage open discussions and civic engagement by highlighting important events and actions within the civil rights movement. Click here for the E-book

The book was developed by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life which is a non-profit organization that works with citizens who want to make positive, innovative decisions that lead to action in their communities on issues that concern them. The center works to encourage sustainable community practices that are aimed at building and preserving a healthy democracy.

Discussion Questions (These are the questions in the Kahoot and Quizizz, if you prefer to use them without the interactives.)

  1. What was the Selective Buying Campaign?
  2. Who spearheaded the Selective Buying Campaign?
  3. What famous words did MLK write after being arrested on April 12, 1963?
  4. On what grounds did lawsuits filed by civil rights activists challenge existing laws?

For additional educational resources visit these sites:

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute education site

Selective Buying Campaign Lesson Plan

Selective Buying Campaign

Eleventh Commandment Flyer used in the Selective Buying Campaign 

Miles College role in Civil Rights Movement has created a permanent legacy

Chat with the Author The Rev. Jonathan McPherson Sr. A Drum Major for God Part 1 video

Chat with the Author - Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson, Sr. ( Part 2)

"Rev. McPherson, as a Miles College professor who later gained a doctorate in chemistry, was one of the masterminds of the selective buying campaign in Birmingham. Essentially, a retail boycott of segregated downtown Birmingham department stores, the Miles College-student led action helped lay the groundwork for the historic city demonstrations and King’s arrival in the city for the protests."

PBS Civil Rights Resources


Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is made possible through the generous support of:

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  • American Graduate, a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Jefferson County Cy Pres Fund
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

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