Muhammad Ali gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside
Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 60 minutes
Date Posted: 10/14/2016
Popular athletes can reflect the broader societal change that is going on around them; they can also be instigators of that change. This collection traces the African-American civil rights movement through the 20th century and touches on athletes like Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali. Students can use the collection independently to learn about this subject and complete the timeline worksheet included at the end. Students will be asked to generalize about the civil rights movement during different time periods in American history, noting the shifts in focus, strategies, and success. In addition, they will draw parallels between events in sports history and the civil rights movement.