McComb Legacies is a youth leadership program that provides middle and high school youth with the opportunity to learn about, document, and share their local civil rights movement and labor history. Participants also use the lessons learned from history to examine and take action to improve their world today.
Participants engage in a week long summer institute (July 22-26, 2013) and meet twice a week after school during the school year. This is a rewarding experience. Participants learn how to research and document their local history, how to use digital media, public speaking, critical thinking, writing, and much more. It is also a demanding experience. It is a hands-on project which requires that everyone contribute, think deeply, work hard, and represent the group.
The theme for the 2013-14 school-year is “Education and Freedom Schools” in light of interest in improving schools today and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Schools in 2014.
Once the participants have explored the topics of education (today) and Freedom Schools (1960s), they will select topics to pursue in more depth, and ways of teaching others about their topic. The projects can be entered in National History Day as films, a website, display boards, or plays. Students can also share what they have learned through local history tours, plaques, brochures, children’s books, mini-conferences, and more. Students can work individually or in a group on their topic.
If you are interested in participating, please download, complete and submit this application. Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it to the front office of the B&T. (Note: If you are dropping off the application at the B&T, the office staff is only available to receive it up until 3pm each day.) Deadline: end of the day on 7/17/2013