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The Story of the Citizenship Schools

In 1957, when African Americans were still required to pass literacy exams to vote in South Carolina, a Charleston beautician became the teacher of the first Citizenship Education School, and helped lay the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Lesson Plan

The Story of Bernice Robinson
and the Citizenship Schools

People became aware of the power that was within them that they could use to get things done.

–BERNICE ROBINSON

free lesson plan
for all educators

Learn about Bernice Robinson, who was deeply concerned that people around her could not vote in the 1950s where many states passed restrictive requirements for voting.

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