Civil War to Civil Rights

South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama

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June 16-23

Content Specialist: Dr. Jay H. Buckley, Assistant Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Cindy Ness, Alpine School District

Driven2Teach will sponsor a Field Study on the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Field Study participants will visit locations significant in the Civil Right Movement and museums created to commemorate important events and individuals. They will hear from individuals who participated in the Civil Rights Movement. This course is designed for teachers of later United States History and is intended for high school teachers and 5th grade elementary teachers who include the Civil Rights Movement in their social studies curriculum. Teachers will study significant issues, events, leaders, resistance, and successes of the Civil Rights Movement.

The tour will start in Charleston, South Carolina, where participants will study the beginning of the slave trade, the institution of slavery and the Civil War. They will then visit Atlanta, Georgia, where participants will study the history of African Americans and the role of Martin Luther King at the Martin Luther King National Museum. Then, it is off to Tuskegee, Alabama, where participants will visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site to consider these pioneers of the Civil Rights movement and will spend time in the George Washington Carver Museum. Participants will then travel to Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery, Alabama to study at the Civil Rights Institute and the Rosa Parks Museum and to visit the 16th Street Baptist Church and will cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge with one of the original marchers.

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  • Charleston: Magnolia Gardens, Gullah Geechee Tour, Charleston Museum, Fort Sumter
  • Atlanta:Martin Luther King National Museum, Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Alabama: Tuskegee University, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Tuskegee Multicultural Center, and the George Washington Carver Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, the Freedom Riders Museum, Civil Rights Institute and eat lunch in the Kelly Ingram Park, the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Bethel Baptist Church and Birmingham City Hall

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Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American History are welcome to apply as an individual participant. Applicants must have a continuing contract for the 2018-2019 school year...... and may not have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2016.

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Jay Buckley

Dr. Jay Buckley

Professor of Historical Content

Jay H. Buckley (PhD, Nebraska) joined the BYU history faculty in Fall 2001. He teaches US, American West, and American Indian history courses and directs the Native American Studies minor. His specialties include Lewis & Clark, exploration & migration, Indian-white relations, fur trade, and other western themes. Jay recently served as President of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

An Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, Professor Buckley is the author or co-author of six books including William Clark: Indian Diplomat; By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis; Orem [Utah]; Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and The Opening of the American West; Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier; and, Explorers of the American West: Mapping the World through Primary Documents (w/ Jeffery D. Nokes).

Jay and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three children.

Cindy Ness

Cindy Ness

Professor of Pedagogy

Cindy Ness is a 30-year veteran of the public education system. She is the recipient of six educational grants and a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008, she received both the Middle School Alpine Spirit Award for Excellence in Education and a Crystal Apple for Excellence in Teaching.

Cindy joined the BYU history faculty in 2009. She taught American history courses and worked with prospective history and social studies teachers. She returned to the public classroom in 2012, while continuing to teach Independent Study courses at BYU. Cindy has taught US History & Education seminars throughout the state of Utah, including seven previous Larry H. Miller Driven 2 Teach History Seminars.

Cindy and her husband, Rob, have four children.