The David Mathews Center for Civic Life Project Manager Jessica Holdnak led EPL patrons ages 10-14 through a “separate but unequal in 1963” workshop on July 25.
The workshop put the patrons in the shoes of civil rights activists in 1963 as they discussed the best ways to end segregation. Some of the ways included taking a legislative and legal stand, building and strengthening relations and taking direct and immediate action.
The patrons looked at each one of these approaches and the different ways they could use them to end segregation as well as discussed the trade-offs for each approach.
The patrons also discussed what a “fair society” meant to each of them.
After the discussion, the patrons were led though a history lesson about the Civil Rights Movement and the actions that led to the end of segregation.
The Dave Mathews Center for Civic Life is a non-profit organization with an aim to “strengthen Alabama’s civic life by increasing active citizenship, community collaboration and effective decision making.”