Civic engagement is on the rise. Do your students feel it is more effective to be a leader within the system or an activist working to reform the system?
John Mercer Langston and Hiram Revels were both educators who went down slightly different paths: one as an activist and the other as a senator. Ben Hooks and Ella Baker were both activists and civil rights leaders who worked tirelessly to promote progress.
View their stories and compare the differences in their approaches to bringing about change. Think about the effectiveness of each. How do you teach students about productive ways to effect change?