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Studs Terkel and Civil Rights

Bring the power of audio to your high school classroom!

To commemorate black history month, we are offering a free lesson plan built around Pulitzer-Prize winning radio journalist Studs Terkel and his 1962 interview with members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the height of the civil rights movement.

Download the free lesson plans for high school teachers and students and use the audio link shown to conduct the unit in your classroom. To be part of our Studs Terkel pilot program, please fill out the form below.

In partnership with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, WFMT Radio Network, and Chicago History Museum, the Great Books Foundation is proud to provide this powerful interview and accompanying content, empowering your students to listen, read, write, and discuss critical civil rights issues.

Be a part of the pilot program!

Our audio-based learning materials also include units around Terkel interviews on:

  • Civil rights (with Nathan Wright Jr., author of Black Power and Urban Unrest: Creative Possibilities)
  • Labor and Immigrant rights (with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta)
  • Women’s rights (with Mary Jean Collins-Robson, Jo Freeman, and Naomi Weisstein)
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