Homeschool Day: Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement

Homeschool Day: Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement

Atlanta History Center offers special programs for homeschool students and their families. During these day-long programs, explore a different subject through engaging hands-on experiences, performances, historic simulations, and a variety of activities designed for kids from toddler to teen.

In Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, students delve deeper into the city’s significance in the long struggle for civil rights. Learn how Sweet Auburn thrived, discuss how colleges and universities transformed in the 1950s and 1960s, and listen to stories about famous Atlantans as you spend a day exploring how students, activists, artists, political leaders, and music inspired a generation. 

Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 general public, free for adult members; $6.50 for child members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. Information and tickets available at 404.814.4000.

Scheduled Activities

Atlanta: Shaped by Civil Rights History

Gatheround Exhibition
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Duration: 15 minutes

Take a walk through time and learn about a few key people, places, organizations, and events that helped shaped Atlanta.

Brown v. Board of Education
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Duration: 20 minutes

Explore the pivotal case, Brown v. Board of Education, and use evidence to examine the researcher’s findings. Parents are encouraged to assist students with this activity.

The Freedom Rides
Grand Overlook
10:40am, 12:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm
Duration: 40 minutes

Become a Freedom Rider and participate in a theatrical interactive exploring what it meant to fight for your rights while riding a bus across the American South.

Parental guidance is suggested. This activity will begin on time and cannot accept participants after the posted time.

Atlanta Student Movement

Coca–Cola Café
10:45am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Duration: 15 minutes

How can a demonstration change the world? Spend 15 minutes with us and hear about local students who made a difference using their words, bodies, and actions as forms of protest during the 1960s.

Traveling during Jim Crow

Barbecue Nation Exhibition
10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45Ppm
Duration: 20 minutes

Join us and learn the history behind a key piece of literature utilized by many African Americans traveling during Jim Crow. As you hear its’ story, learn how this tool, history, and the African American experience inspired a work of art.

Socially Conscious Music and the Civil Rights Movement

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Duration: 15 minutes

Come participate in a mini discussion and discover how music shaped social movements and defined a narrative.

Storytime with a Librarian
Garden Overlook
20 minutes
10:40am, 11:10am, 11:40am

Perfect for our little ones! Join AFPLS Northside Branch Children’s Services Librarian, Ms. Leah, for a story (or two!) about Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Rosa Parks.

Crafts and Activities

Exhibition Hallway

Participate in a variety of crafts and activities including Resistance Black Out Poetry, a Civil Rights Crossword Puzzle, and Create Your Own Protest Posters.