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Guide for Interviewing Relatives about the Civil Rights Movement


As we continue to strive for racial equality throughout the world, it can be helpful to reflect on the progress that’s been made as we look to meet our present-day challenges. Here is a guide of Civil Rights Movement discussion tips and questions for interviewing others or for personal reflection.

Tips to consider 

Don't describe racism as an issue of the "past."

Don't assume all stories will be postiive or easy to listen to.

Keep an open mind while listening. 

Be willing to do more research. 

Remember that no one group knows everything about the civil rights movement. 

Don’t ignore concerns about leaders from that time period. 

Civil Rights Questions to Ask Your Relatives:

  1. How old were you during the Civil Rights Movement?