Learning About Our History

Friday, June 11, 2021

Today is National German Chocolate Cake Day and Corn on the Cob Day.

June is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month; National Oceans Month; National Rivers Month; and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme:  Desegregation


  • 1184 BC - Troy is sacked and burned during the Trojan War.
  • 1776 - The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence. 
  • 1837 - The Broad Street Riot breaks out in Boston.
  • 1919 - Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes and becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown.
  • 1963 - Alabama governor. George Wallace, confronts federal troops in an effort to block a court-ordered directive to allow black students to attend the University of Alabama.
  • 1970 - Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first female U.S. Army Generals.
  • 2009 - The World Health Organization declares the swine flu a pandemic. 



The Egg from 1776 - LISTEN
Berliner Philharmonika - Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 Opening by Richard Struass - LISTEN


  • Grades K-8 - Scholastic - Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources -  DO
  • Grades K-8 - Brainpop - Educator Resources for Ruby Bridges - DO
  • Grades 3-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Alexander Clark and the First Successful Desegregation Case in the United States - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Mendez v. Westminster: Desegregating California's Schools - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 5-9 - National Council of Teachers of English - ReadWriteThink - Exploring Perspectives Desegregation Using "Brown Girl Dreaming" - Lesson Plan - DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Freedom Riders: Freedom Riders Challenge Segregation - VIEW, READ, and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Boston TV News - Boston Desegregation Controversy, 1974 - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - BostonTV News - Boston Desegregation Four Years Later, 1978 - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - PBS NewsHour - Urban-Suburban School Desegregation Program Seen as Model - VIEW and READ
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Marching Forward - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - American Experience - The Desegregation of Huntsville -VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Black in America - 1974 Boston and School Desegregation -VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - The African Americans - Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - History Detectives - Desegregating the Lunch Counter -VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Chicago Tonight - Activist Ruby Bridges on Racism in America Today - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS NewsHour - Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges on Race in America -VIEW
  • Grades 9-12- NHPBS LearningMedia - Boston Desegregation - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12- NHPBS Learning Media - Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights - Desegregation - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 9-12- NHPBS Video - Dynamics of Desegregation - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Eyes on the Prize - Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) - VIEW (NHPBS Passport Members)


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