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.
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the SmithsonianNational Museum of American History? With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs students’ help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787when, at the end of a long, hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.