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National Archives and Sports: Teaching Civil Rights with Engaging Documents

February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm EST

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, an African American man, took the field as a member of the major-league baseball team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson received death threats, was isolated and segregated and was the most scrutinized player in the United States at the time. Despite all of this, Robinson successfully broke the color barrier for baseball and other sports. 

Robinson's heroic story is just one of the many stories of courage, determination, perseverance, dedication, and resolve about sports figures found among the holdings of the National Archives. Introduce your students to primary sources they can relate to and explore the 20th century through the athletes who changed history. 

In this webinar, participants will learn about and/or expand their knowledge of the extraordinary depth and variety of primary source documents from the holdings of the National Archives. Participants will be introduced to DocsTeach.org, the innovative online teaching tool from the National Archives. Participants will better understand how to connect with students of diverse abilities, interests and backgrounds through the use of engaging primary source documents.

Fee: $25 members/$50 non-members

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Presenters

Missy McNatt
Education Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Jenny Sweeney
Education Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
Fort Worth, TX

 

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