Civil Rights Movement Initiative: Strengthening Students through History
Rabb Room, Barnum Hall
Join Tisch College's Progran for Public Humanities for this discussion featuring Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, the Manager of Programs, Community Engagement, and Curator at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University. This presentation will discuss how one of CSSJ's program, the Civil Rights Movement Initiative (CRMI), has created space for local high school students in the city of Providence to learn about the movement, shift their perception of self, and provide an opportunity for them to wrestle with the feelings of inferiority that are often learned in schools. Due to the success of CRMI, and in light of recent reports about the failing state of the city's public school system, the CSSJ is currently working to expand the program to serve more schools and their students.
Maiyah Gamble-Rivers works to develop programs and curricula for high school students in the city of Providence. Her major curriculum project, on the civil rights movement, engages students in a series of workshops, culminating in a week-long immersive trip throughout the U.S. South: visiting veterans, sites, memorials, and museums. Her latest curriculum project, "Racial Slavery and the Making of the Modern World: Resistance, Freedom and Legacies" will produce a textbook resource on this topic for high school students and teachers. In addition to her curricula work, Maiyah Gamble-Rivers serves on the Center’s curatorial team working on both local and international exhibitions. She received her MA at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown.