The Mississippi fight against integration and civil rights was the most organized, defiant, and violent of anywhere in the country. But until 2011, civil rights history was not part of the required curriculum in Mississippi public schools.
“Before then, it was up to the discretion of the teacher if the civil rights movement was taught at all inside a classroom,” according to reporter Sierra Mannie.
In 2011, the Mississippi Department of Education issued a new set of standards requiring lessons on civil rights history.
Sierra Mannie, who reported on civil rights education for The The Hechinger Report and Reveal explains what she found in her recent investigation of civil rights education and textbooks in Mississippi, in this week’s episode of Educate.