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Lesson Plan: Young People Working for Justice

Artistic rendition of freedom riders, past and present, sit on a blue bus. Riders sit holding signs out of the windows of the bus.

Freedom riders, past and present

Drawing by Evan Bissell


In partnership with Beacon Press, we've created a series of six lessons as a companion to A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students. This lesson, Young People Working for Justice, focuses on the role of youth during the modern African American Freedom Struggle. The activities encourage students to envision their role in creating a just world. 

    Andrea McEvoy Spero
    Art, English Language, U.S. History
    6-8, 9-12

    Essential Question

    What role did young people play in the African American freedom struggle?