Verizon and the National Civil Rights Museum have teamed up to deliver a new eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In program modeled after the museum’s Standing Up By Sitting Down exhibit.
The eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In will be a round-the-clock educational program serving middle school and high school students across the U.S. The program will discuss in detail the Greensboro Four, the risks they faced and the spread of the sit-in strategy. It will promote a classroom discussion on the themes of nonviolence, system injustice, segregation by law and by choice, and inaction versus action, among others.
“We hope the eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In will encourage students to gain an appreciation of diversity, while learning that every citizen can make a contribution and give back to his or her community,” said Barbara Andrews, director of education for the National Civil Rights Museum.
“This grant enables students, teachers and parents from across the country to go online and learn about this important piece of American history.”
David Russell, vice president of external affairs for the South Central Region of Verizon, said the Verizon Foundation is committed to helping students learn through effective, innovative teaching methods.
“Our support will help visually depict a significant facet of American history so that students from across the country can learn about social justice issues, while providing teachers with the tools needed for the topic,” said Russell.
The National Civil Rights Museum's eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation as part of Verizon’s Black History Month Challenge. Verizon employees in the South voted for their favorite organization that focuses on Black History in America. The National Civil Rights Museum received the most votes out of six finalists.
The eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In program is scheduled to launch this fall.