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The Long Civil Rights Movement in America
Summer 2024 - Camp Hill Workshop

Applications Close June 21, 2024
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Camp Hill Mini Workshop

Overview

On July 25, 2024 we will welcome K-12 educators to an immersive, place-based exploration of Camp Hill, Alabama one of the most important Great Depression era landscapes of the American civil rights movement. This day-long workshop will introduce educators to this history and to place based learning techniques. Participants will get access to primary source materials and conduct oral histories with  current residents of the area who are continuing these longstanding organizing traditions. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to identify and educate about the intersections between race, place, and freedom struggles in their own classrooms and communities.

Application 

This workshop is open to K-12 educators in any field. This includes but is not limited to: middle and high school history and social science educators, librarians, counselors, museum educators, and others in any field or educational institution that might find it useful. 

Apply for this institute at: aub.ie/CampHillWorkshop or use the QR code to the left. Those selected to participate will receive a $300 stipend to defray the costs of travel and participation. Meals will be provided as part of the workshop. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for those that attend the workshop through PowerSchool and the East Alabama Service Center at Auburn University.

Description and Course of Study  

In the 1930s, Camp Hill was the center of one of the most important organizing efforts in American civil rights history. The Sharecroppers Union--an organization that united sharecroppers and tenant farmers--was born here. This struggle led to massive resistance and racialized violence. But it also left an enduring legacy of civil rights struggle in this place. ​We’ll spend the morning learning about the Sharecroppers Union (SCU) and other Alabama civil rights struggles beginning in the 1930s. Over lunch, we’ll meet with local historians, organizers, and others carrying on the work of civil rights in Camp Hill today. Then we’ll spend the afternoon conducting oral history interviews, scanning local archival materials, and learning more about the process of integrating Alabama civil rights and local history into our classrooms.  

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