Centering Youth Agency in the Civil Rights Movement




Clinton, TN and Online


June 26-30, 2023 (residential); July 10-14, 2023 (virtual)


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



"Centering Youth Agency in the Civil Rights Movement" is a professional development program hosted by Children's Defense Fund and Florida A&M University. The institute will select 25 K-12 teachers of all subject areas, exposing participants to new approaches to civil rights history that center the agency of young people. "Centering Youth Agency in the Civil Rights Movement" is a two-week combined program, with the first week in person and the second week hosted virtually. The institute's aim is to give educators the knowledge and tools they need to teach a richer, more representative version of civil rights history that also activates students' power to become engaged citizens and positive change agents in their communities.

Project Director(s)

Darius Young; Kristal Moore Clemons

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Charles M. Payne; Crystal R. Sanders; Jon Hale; William Sturkey; Nishaun T. Battle; Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons; Kimberly Brown Pellum; Davis Houk; Derrick P. Alridge; Dara Walker; Ameenah Shakir; Kisha Howell

Grantee Institution

Florida A&M University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs