Our 2019-2020 Workshops
Every Student Today
“Without the past, you have no future.”
This is the motto of the Jackson Center’s namesake, Mrs. Marian Cheek Jackson. Through the Learning Across Generations (LAG) 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. Learning Across Generations brings students in direct contact with local history through community, civil rights and oral history workshops, and experiential learning trips.
THE COMMUNITY MENTOR TEAM
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. Mentors ignite interest in history and make powerful connections with students as they share memories of struggle, resilience, and hard-earned hope.
OUR WORKSHOPS BY THEME
Northside Community Pillars Workshop
What is community? This two-part workshop introduces students to the history of the vibrant, close-knit Northside community, a historically Black community that emerged in the early part of the 20th century. In the first part of the workshop, students learn in the classroom about the vibrant history of Northside community life and create a mural centered on what many neighbors call the “four pillars”: home, school, business and church. Part two of the workshop is designed as a field trip opportunity. Students are invited to follow in the footsteps of generations of Northsiders on their way from their family homes to Northside Elementary to Mr. Bynum Weaver’s store to St. Bryant’s Chapel and St. Joseph CME Church. They will be asked along the way to scavenge for evidence of continuity and change. The journey through the neighborhood concludes with a celebration of the abundance of community life.
Freedom Walk Workshop
This popular, two-part workshop focuses on the concept and practice of activism and introduces students to some of Northside’s civil rights leaders. In the first session students will learn about the freedom movement and non-violent protest, practice freedom songs and design their own freedom signs. The second session will put students in the shoes of people who marched for rights of equal citizenship. With their homemade protest signs, they’ll visit the rock wall where Northside teenagers planned the first sit-ins in Chapel Hill and learn about the local leaders, young people like themselves who struggled to end segregation.
Oral History Workshop
In this two-part workshop, we turn our attention to the experiences, actions, and accomplishments of everyday history makers: the people who laid the stone walls at UNC, integrated area schools, and risked their lives, jobs, and safety for freedom, people whose histories we only know by listening. The first part of the workshop introduces students to the what, why, and how of oral history through a multimedia presentation and active listening exercises. In a follow-up session, students listen to and to interview one of our community mentors, elders who have lived in the community since childhood and are veterans of the civil rights movement.
The Hidden Hill Workshop
Chapel Hill is a town some have referred to as “the Southern part of heaven.” And yet, like the rest of the South, it has a long history of racial struggle. In February 1960, civil rights activists from Chapel Hill’s black neighborhoods, mostly teenagers from all-black Lincoln High, took up the charge in Chapel Hill, planning and staging the first sit-in at Colonial Drug store on Franklin Street. But this was only the start of a freedom struggle against local injustices that continues today. In this two-part, interactive, multimedia workshop, we’ll ask: How does the history of enslavement, Jim Crow, and segregation relate to Chapel Hill’s reputation for liberal politics? Why is it important to tell the truth about history critically and boldly? In the second part of the workshop, students will delve deeper into civil rights history by listening to a spoken word performance and engaging in a discussion of current social justice struggles.
The Citizen/Action Workshop
Designed for high school civics classes, this workshop (offered in 1-3 sessions) focuses on the question: What does it mean to be a citizen? In the first session, students will participate in a series of interactive activities including photo deep-dives designed to encourage critical reflection on how violence and racism have hindered many people from participating in public and political life. A second session features a presentation by a community mentor-activist on a civil and economic rights issue facing local African-American communities today, including environmental racism and gentrification. A third, optional session features a site visit to local communities-- Rogers Road or Northside/Pine Knolls-- in which community mentor-activists live and work for social justice. The objective of this workshop is to educate and empower students to identify current social justice issues and to see themselves as agents of social and political change.
NEW! The Story Studio Project
In Fall 2109, we will be launching Story Studio, an innovative and creative approach to cultivating community leadership among diverse, local middle and high school students. An eight-week series of weekly workshops takes students on a journey sparked by the stories of Chapel Hill’s civil rights movement. Informed by the uniqueness of each storyteller, the project focuses on how personal experiences, religious convictions, family, mentors, teachers, and friends gave them the courage to challenge segregation, racism and injustice in the community. Each week’s activities give students the opportunity to develop their own visions for social justice today by creating original and personal photos and audio recordings. Workshop themes vary. Contact the Jackson Center for more information.
Overview of All LAG Workshops
Workshop for Educators -- Check out our newest workshop offering!
Listening Workshop for Educators
Our newest workshop is just for teachers and others who educate kids today. The workshop centers on equity in the classroom and asks, what can we do to foster a sense of self-worth in every student? Taught by two career teachers with deep connections to the Northside community and with decades of teaching experience in local schools, workshops focus on two themes: why and how to introduce children to the transformational power of poetry and song; and how to create a classroom environment in which everyone feels part of a loving family. Teachers will have the opportunity to listen, share and participate in this one-hour engaging, interactive session!
Our Workshop Leaders!
Learning Across Generations is supported by the volunteer contributions of Northside neighbors, grant funding, and fees from participating partner schools. Know that we will make every effort to provide workshops to all interested teachers and students, regardless of ability to pay.