These lesson plans have been designed in conjunction with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture's 2019-2020 ground-breaking exhibit, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality.

These lessons explore four different time periods within the 400-year timeline covered in Determined:

  • 1775-1865: Slavery at High Tide, exploring the most painful paradox of American history: our nation’s foundation on both the principle of liberty and the reality of slavery
  • 1865-1950: Progress & Backlash, delving into the profound changes experienced in Virginia and throughout the US from the end of the Civil War through World War II
  • 1950 to 1968: The road from “Brown to Green” and to the demand for justice that led to the Civil Rights Act
  • 1968 to Today: Asking the question, Has Equality been Achieved?