Nobody’s Perfect (Not Even America!)

Posted on December 13, 2012 by

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes we use our public reflection blog to showcase student projects. Clare’s post below is from our Democracy & Political Participation Project, in which she explores a key moment in American Civil Rights history.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

We all know these famous words. We recognize Martin Luther King Jr’s timeless speech from the Civil Rights movement. We are proud that his dream has now come true, through hard work and the passage of time, and that the first African American president ever has just been re-elected. But the Civil Rights movement actually began years before MLK took center stage, with the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. I have created a presentation, using a wonderful online tool called Prezi, about this case and how it relates to American style democracy. I used QuickTime Player to record a screencast of myself presenting it.

To keep track of my notes for this project, I used an app called Evernote, and you can see all my notes, research, and thinking here in my Brown v. Board notebook’s public gallery. If you want, you can also see just my Prezi without the audio here, on Prezi’s website. Please feel free to comment on this post, and thanks so much for reading (and watching! and learning!). Also, citations from my research can be found in this Google Document.

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Images in my Prezi:

Brown v. Board of Education Decision. 2012. University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, MO. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/brownvboard/brownvbdlinks2.html

Chief Justice Earl Warren. 1953. Time.com. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19531221,00.html

Constitution of the United States. The Charters of Freedom. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_zoom_1.html

Linda Brown. 2004. Almanac of Policy Issues. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://www.policyalmanac.org/culture/archive/brown_v_board.shtml

NAACP logo. 2012. twitter.com. Web. 9 Dec 2012. https://twitter.com/NAACP

Oliver Brown. 2011. Glogster.edu. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://mszalkowski5335.edu.glogster.com/oliver-brown-1st-page
Segregated Drinking Fountain-Jim Crow Laws. 2012. Weasel Zippers. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/10/holder-compares-voter-id-laws-to-jim-crow-we-call-those-poll-taxes/

Thurgood Marshall. 2012. The Atlanta Voice, Atlanta, GA. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://www.theatlantavoice.com/this_week_in_black_history/

Warren Court. 2011. Oyez.org. Web. 9 Dec 2012. http://www.oyez.org/courts/warren/war5

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