The All American News, an organization that created newsreels for African American audiences, produced a thirty minute documentary on the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. This event took place on May 15, 1957, the third anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Brown v. Board of Education.
Where can you look if you think you’ve run out of information about a person or place? How can we encourage students to be persistent researching in the face of a “dead end”? And how do we equip students with the knowledge of databases and archives, so that when they run into a historical dead end, they know where to keep looking?
Analyzing primary sources, just like sharing my personal pictures, has provided students with first hand information from the past. This allows students to build connections between the concept being learned and the primary source and leads to powerful learning.
It is thrilling to see all of the ways researchers can approach artists' prints--as visual poetry; as primary documents that uniquely reflect history, culture, and society; for pure appreciation of beauty, technical mastery, or eloquence; and in ways yet to be discovered.