topic The Jim Crow Dinner Party Project


The Jim Crow era spans the years between 1876 (the end of Reconstruction) and 1954 (the approximate start of the modern Civil Rights movement.) During these years, African Americans worked tirelessly to fight for the rights of full citizenship guaranteed to them by the constitution but denied to them by the reality of everyday life.

During this unit, we will be introduced to some of the activists, educators, community leaders and artists whose work paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Project Overview
Teams of two will research a person or a topic representative of this era. You will create a webpage dedicated to your topic. We will then have a “dinner party” where you will have the opportunity to mingle and network, exchanging information and introducing your “historical” characters to each other.
Project Details
1. Historical Overview – everyone reads this.
2. Conduct preliminary research on your person/topic
Develop a question: what is most important to know?
Have it approved by Ms. Hennessy
3. Focused research:
This will be based on the question you develop. Examples could include: Tell us about your person or topic. Considering the decades(s) in which they lived and worked, what were their political, social, cultural or economic contributions and accomplishments? What issue or topic are they most associated with?
4. Produce a webpage that includes:
1. A well-written summary of your research
2. The most important aspect of your topic that your peers should know
3. Images
4. Links to related information
5. Citations
5. Mingle at the Dinner Party to exchange information and fill in a chart.
6. Visit your classmates’ webpages to learn more and to put the people and topics in chronological order.
7. Based on your own research and your webpage visits, rank the people and/or topics in order of their significance in helping to resist Jim Crow and to create the modern Civil Rights movement. You must defend your rankings. In other words, explain why you ranked them in the order you did.
8. Peer Review the websites
An award given for “best” webpage. Best = informative, interesting, written in your own words, essential historical content is accurate and accessible, good navigation and graphically pleasing, links are working and relevant.

People and Topics
1. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
2. Ida B. Wells
3. Jazz/Blues
4. Harlem Renaissance
5. Booker T. Washington
6. Paul Robeson
7. Mary Church Terrell
8. W.E.B. DuBois
9. Langston Hughes
10. The Great Migration
11. A. Philip Randolph
12. The Emmett Till Case
13. Marcus Garvey
14. The Double Victory Campaign
15. Thurgood Marshall
16. The Urban League