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Resistance in Dallas: Civil Rights and Kennedy's Legacy

from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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One of the longest and most prominent civil rights demonstrations in Dallas occurred at the downtown Piccadilly Cafeteria from May 30 to July 2, 1964. Despite the presence of peaceful protestors for 28 consecutive days, cafeteria management would not permit African-American customers to order food until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Through photographs, oral histories, speeches and documents from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, find out how African American protesters used the assassination of President Kennedy as inspiration for their freedom struggle and how Dallas' desegregation efforts connected to the national effort to secure civil rights.

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By Request: $100.00


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

No maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Dallas, TX
United States

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza interprets the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.  Now, through interactive, inquiry-based distance learning programs, you and your students can experience history through careful examination of the photographs, films and artifacts in the Museum's collection of over 60,000 items.  These programs also connect students with "living history" speakers: eyewitnesses, law enforcement officials, journalists, physicians and others with direct memories of the Kennedy assassination.  A selection of engaging programs provide opportunities for students to meet the Museum's curatorial, collections and education staff, prompting thoughtful discussions on U.S. history, world history, the Civil Rights Movement, oral history and the role of the historian!  All programs meet state and national history standards.

Genevieve Kaplan

Program Details


1. The program begins with an introduction to the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the founding of the Museum and the organization's collections.

2. Get a rare, live glimpse out of the former Texas School Book Depository's "corner window" where eyewitnesses saw a rifle after shots were fired and beneath which three shell casings were found by investigators.

3. Participants are introduced to the events of November 22, 1963: President Kennedy's arrival and motorcade through Dallas, and his subsequent assassination.

4. Participants learn how President Kennedy's death in Dallas inspired African Americans in Dallas to get involved in desegregation efforts by examining documents, books, oral histories and photographs related to the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas.

5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Understand the mission of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

2. Develop a familiarity with The Sixth Floor Museum's collection by exposure to its photographs, films, oral histories, artifacts and documents.

3. Become familiar with oral history as a primary source by learning how oral histories, when combined with photographs and other types of historical evidence can tell rich stories about the past.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

N5-12 Social Studies

State Standards

5th Grade Social Studies 5.5ac, 5.24a,b,d,e

6th Grade Social Studies 6.2b, 6.21a,b,d,e

7th Grade Social Studies 7.7d, 7.21a,b,d,e,f

8th Grade Social Studies 8.29a,d,e,f,g

US History 7a-d; 24c,e,f

World History 18d

US Government 18a-d