“The past is a great indicator of the future … We need to appreciate past sacrifices and their accomplishments. I want the next generations to learn about what’s happened in the past.”
— Dr. Ezra Ozdenerol, Associate Director of Hooks Institute
Striving to teach, study and promote civil rights and social change, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute has recently released two new websites that use modern technology and previously unavailable documents to teach lesser-known aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.
This interactive map takes viewers on a civil rights tour with pins on significant locations. Each pin provides viewers with access to historical blurbs and pictures. Though the map covers much of the South, it concentrates on Memphis and the surrounding counties.
2. Tent City
This new website uses FBI files, pictures and videos to tell the stories of the oft-ignored civil rights activists of Fayette and Haywood Counties in Tennessee. When black sharecroppers in this rural county took advantage of their new right to vote during the late 50s and 60s, many were evicted from their houses and land, and blocked from necessary goods. A community of tent housing formed, and its rural, uneducated members worked to gain international attention for their struggle.
These websites are great teaching resources for those who want to introduce students to all aspects of the struggle, from Martin Luther King Jr., to the everyday people.