Learning Across Generations is a dynamic curriculum designed to enable young people to take up the legacy of Chapel Hill’s Northside community. Led by a Community Mentor Team, Learning Across Generations invites students of all ages to learn the history beneath their feet.

Responding to both the persistent achievement gap in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School (CHCCS) District and various pleas from teachers for more substantial education in Black history, Learning Across Generations (LAG) is an innovative K-12 curriculum composed of local, civil rights, and oral history workshops, an audio immersion program, and experiential learning trips. Through the Learning Across Generations curriculum, we partner with teachers and schools to lift up the struggle and courage of Northside neighbors, to ensure that young people know an essential part of their common past, and to invite all into making history today.

At the core of our educational work is  the Community Mentor Team, a group of senior educators  and civil rights leaders committed to teaching by telling their life histories.  By sharing their experiences living in Northside before, during, and after the civil rights movement, they bring history alive for students–and fulfill the longstanding tradition of passing on Northside’s proud history to the next generation. Mentors ignite interest in history and  make powerful connections with students as they share memories of struggle, resilience, and hard-earned hope.


Workshops by theme:

  • Northside Community Pillars  Workshop
  • Freedom Walk Project
  • Oral History Workshop
  • Civil Rights Workshop
  • Citizen Workshop
  • The TYS (Telling Your Story) Project

For a copy of our Learning Across Generations brochure, contact the Jackson Center!


A Glimpse at Our Work

In addition to our curriculum brochure (left), photos and testimonials from our workshop offerings are shown below.
Carrboro High School student participating in a Civil Rights in Chapel Hill workshop, The Hidden Hill.
Northside Elementary students leading a freedom march during their tour around the Northside neighborhood, a primary and historic site of the civil rights efforts in Chapel Hill.
Students comparatively viewing a photo of the Bynum Weaver Grocery Store to the current residential housing office during their tour of Northside.
Community mentor Mama Kat sharing stories of her children protesting during the Civil Rights Movement and answering questions of students during an Arts & Methods of Oral History workshop at Lakewood Montessori Middle School.