We Shall Overcome

45 min.

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Wonder of the Day #470

What Is a Civil Right?


Help students understand the concept of civil rights

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Music can change the world

Share - We Shall Overcome The Story of A Song by Debbie levy with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newt

We Shall Overcome

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Review: https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-civil-right

We Shall Overcome



Also recommended:

This Promise of Change - also by Debby Levy and Jo Ann Allen Boyce
Child of the Dream by Sharon Robinson
Clap Your Hands by Toyomi Igus - illustrated by Michele Woods
The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford -illustrated by Frank Morrison

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The roots of rap : 16 bars on the 4 pillars of hip-hop

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame features songs that have inspired activism https://edu.rockhall.com/ Teachers have free access to music and lesson plans.

Play: Glory by John Legend with Common.

Compare with the lyrics of We Shall Overcome Musical and lyrical adaption by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger - inspired by African American traditional call and response.

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