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Arkansas Burning Segregation and desegregation in Arkansas

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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Unit on the Life and Times of the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas. In the late 1950's, Arkansas as well as other southern states faced tremendous pressures politically, socially, and privately while the enforcement of desegregation was being implemented. This interdisciplinary humanities unit integrates various Literature (both fiction and non-fiction), poetry writings, and multiple arts to help students get a better understanding of the social, economical, psychological, and humanistic prejudices of the times.

The efforts of the Civil Rights Movement focused on eradicating legal segregation in the South around the cycle of poverty, crime, and economic racism. The state of Arkansas gained national recognition when Governor Orval Faubus refused to comply with the Supreme Court's decision to end public school segregation; Brown vs.The Board of Education.

Students need to see how cultural upbringing can influence the road one chooses to take in life, whether it be personally, socially, or economically, and that there is a link between one's cultural experience and the decisions that are made.