Virtual Reality Reenactment of a Speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Just days after the start of the Greensboro sit-ins in February 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would become a widely influential speech titled, “A Creative Protest.” Despite the historical and rhetorical significance of what is commonly known as the “Fill Up the Jails” speech, no recordings exist. For the first time, using advanced digital and audio technology, North Carolina State University has provided an opportunity for scholars, students, and others to experience and explore this speech on the website of the Virtual Martin Luther King Jr (vMLK) Project. The Virtual Reality experience provides viewers an embodied sense of what it might have been like to sit, stand, and move around the historic sanctuary, listening to King’s speech with others. The historical, individual, and collective components of the vMLK Project include pedagogical materials for teachers and students in the areas of civil rights history, social studies, public address, and visual/digital rhetoric. The vMLK Project can be used to give students experience with a historic speech and introduce them to the concept of being in dialogue with a text through the re-envisioning and reenactment of a speech. Teachers can tap a set of assignments and curricular suggestions for how to incorporate the vMLK Project into classroom instruction.
Works of art are special kinds of historical sources that spark inquiry in the classroom in remarkable ways. Developed by educators at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art + History is an innovative method for using art as a primary source for historical inquiry.
The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is helping teachers plan for the upcoming academic year with free, engaging resources and programs. On July 6, in partnership with RiceUniversity’s Open Stax, BRI will launch Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, an open educational resource for high school US history.
Produced by Historic Hudson Valley, People Not Property introduces students, teachers, and the interested public to the history of Northern enslavement, separate from the more familiar history of antebellum Southern slavery, by exploring history through personal stories.