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Educators at a professional development event led by the Center for Civil Rights History and Research.

Explore the history of the South Carolina Civil Rights Movement with your students through the Justice for All: South Carolina and the Civil Rights Movement traveling exhibit. The traveling exhibit has free hands-on educational resources that help students discover the connections between South Carolina and the national Civil Rights Movement. We offer several educational resources and hands-on opportunities for K-12 students that support College-Career-Readiness skills and align with state standards.

Field Trips

In cooperation with local partners, teachers can book a field trip to tour the Justice for All exhibit and learn more about South Carolina and their local communities’ connection to the national Civil Rights Movement. There is no cost for entry for field trips and it includes a digital field trip guide with pre-, during, and post-visit lesson plans and handouts that align with 4th, 5th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade 2020 SC Social Studies Standards.  

Traveling Trunks

The Justice for All traveling trunk program gives K-8 educators the chance to bring hands-on Civil Rights Era lesson kits into the classroom. Our K-5 trunk uses interactive lessons to teach students about the struggle for civil rights in South Carolina and how it shaped the national movement. Our 8th grade trunk encourages hands-on student-led inquiry into South Carolina’s civil rights history and its roots in Reconstruction Era politics. All trunk materials were developed to be used in easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson plans that align with state learning standards. Each trunk provides teachers with creative Civil Rights lesson plans, primary source artifacts, reproductions, and much more. Our two traveling trunks travel with the Justice for All traveling exhibition at this time. For more information about the exhibition and trunks, fill out the request form below!

Events and Trainings

The Center for Civil Rights History & Research at the University of South Carolina, is pleased to announce its 2023 Justice for All: South Carolina and the Civil Rights Movement professional development series. Founded in 2015, the Center has developed a series of programs and outreach initiatives designed to document, preserve, and amplify South Carolina’s rich civil rights history to students and educators. Generously supported by the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Network, the Center for Civil Rights History and Research is hosting day-long professional development opportunities for teachers regionally around the state; starting in the Pee Dee region. A cohort of 10 teachers–social studies, librarians/media specialists, and English teachers–will be selected to immerse participants in South Carolina civil rights history and research as well as innovative teaching strategies for incorporating civil rights into their school curriculums.

Each PD will help teachers develop inquiry-based primary source skills related to the South Carolina and American Civil Rights Movement. All materials and activities align with 2020 South Carolina Social Studies Standards.

Check back later for upcoming events and trainings!

For any questions regarding trainings or the institute, contact us at [email protected] or 276.768.8760.

Past Professional Development Events

The professional development day in Hartsville will be March 4, 2023 8:30-4:00pm. Coffee, pastries, and lunch will be provided.

Registration will be open to 10 teachers. Participants will receive a $75 stipend as well as renewal credit in eligible districts. For teachers participating in the PD and traveling from over 20 miles away from the Hartsville Museum, there may be mileage reimbursement available.

Application deadline: Monday, February 13, 2023 

For more information, or with questions about classroom resources and professional development, please email: [email protected]