Teacher Resources

BQN Lesson Plans

The five BQN lesson plans developed by NVLP build on one another and culminate in a broader discussion about social justice and racial healing. The lessons are part of a curriculum package that includes lesson plans, mini-documentary style “webisodes” and other oral history video clips, books, articles, photos and other primary resources, and teacher supports. NVLP developed the lesson plans to align with Common Core standards and the C3 Framework. Click here to access the Teach-In Lesson Plans.

BQN Webisodes

The following “webisodes”—brief web-based videos based upon NVLP’s oral history interviews—are part of the BQN Lesson Plans.  They can also be used with other lessons on Civil Rights and African American history.

The March on Washington

Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Racism & Sexism

Wyatt Walker – The Activism that Led to the 1964 & 1965 Civil Rights Acts


NVLP Video Clips: National Visionary Leadership Project Interviews

Rev. Willie Barrow “Women’s Involvement with the March on Washington.” 

Myrlie Evers-Williams “On Medgar’s Assassination”.  

Constance Baker Motley “On Martin Luther King, Jr.” 

Resources on African American history; the Civil Rights Movement, human rights; racial equality and social justice


  1. Davis, Jack E. “Civil Rights Movement.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/civil-rights-movement-overview (accessed July 15, 2014)
  2. Whitehead, Karsonya Wise. “The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on American Policies, Laws and Procedures” National Visionary Leadership Project. http://www.visionaryproject.org/teacher/lesson1/hist.html (accessed July 15, 2015)
  3. Evans, Stephanie. “African American Women Scholars and International Research: Dr. Anna Julia Cooper’s Legacy of Study Abroad.”
  4. Austin, Curtis. “On Violence and Nonviolence: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.” http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/articles/62/the-civil-rights-movement-in-mississippi-on-violence-and-nonviolence


  1. Bennett, Lerone Jr. Great Moments in Black History: Wade in the Water. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., 1979
  2. Branch, Taylor. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Simon & Schuster, 2013
  3. Davis, Townsend. Weary Feet, Rested Souls, A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Norton, 1999
  4. Greenwald, Glenn. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. New York: Picador, 2012
  5. Hine, Darlene Clark, William C. Hine, and Stanley Harrold. Documents in African American History. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006
  6. May, Gary. Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. New York: Basic, 2013