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StorytellingEducation is a guiding value at Levine Museum. Working closely with schools, teachers, and the community, we offer learning opportunities for youth of all ages to engage in critical thought and conversation. The Museum helps students learn from lessons of the past to create a better future and to build healthy, inclusive communities.

History ACTIVE Summer Institute - Now Accepting Applications! History ACTIVE is a 5-day summer learning institute for students to embark on an educational journey spanning from Charlotte, NC, throughout North and South America. With a focus on the diversity of the African Diaspora, students will challenge and expand all they have ever learned about the transatlantic slave trade, continuity of traditions, art and the influences from the Old South to the New South. Through films, cultural excursions, music and food workshops, participants will go beyond the textbooks to gain a larger understanding of the world and the connections between us all. A select cohort of participants may have the opportunity to travel regionally and internationally with the Museum.

To apply, download a copy of the application now. Applications are due on May 23, 2014 by 5 p.m. History ACTIVE application

In the Classroom—The museum sponsors an innovative program called "Traveling Trunks." Designed to be presented in the classroom, the trunks feature special lessons aligned with NCSCOS goals, and include student and teacher materials. Trunks are available from the museum for CMS and non-CMS schools. CMS schools may have the trunks delivered to their schools via the courier system. Non-CMS schools will need to pick the trunks up at the museum. There is no charge for the trunks for CMS, outside CMS there is a $10 charge per week, per trunk. Payment is due before trunk delivery.

COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America
Meet the De Laine Family from Clarendon County, South Carolina, merely 100 miles from Charlotte. Learn about their fight for a school bus and how their fight became part of a Supreme Court Case that ended legal segregation between races. Explore the forces that led to this fight for equality and other struggles around the country. Learn about the battle for education and the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
- 8th Grade History NCSCOS: 3.04, 7.03, 7.04, 9.04, 11.02 and 12.04
- 11th Grade History NCSCOS: 3.04, 7.03, 7.04, 9.04, 11.02 and 12.04

StorytellingPurses, Platforms & Power: Women Changing Charlotte in the 1970s
Explore the women’s movement in Charlotte during the 1970s and the forces that led to changes all over the country ensuring equal rights between the sexes. Materials include an overview of the events that led to the resurgence of the Women's Movement in the 1970s, as well as defining documents that shaped the politics and literature of the decade. Emphasis is placed on the study of African-American Women’s Literature as well as a study of Oral History and its role in preserving history.
- 8th Grade History NCSCOS: 5.05, 6.04, 7.02, 7.04 and 8.03
- 11th Grade Language Arts NCSCOS: 1.01, 1.02, 2.0, 2.01, 4.02 and 6.02
- 11th Grade History NCSCOS: 11.02, 11.03, 11.06, 12.02 and 12.04

Outreach Programs—Bring the museum to your school with our new black history program series. A museum educator can visit your classroom to faciliate, or you can order the materials to lead your own lesson. Programs are alinged with NCSOC goals for middle and high school history and language arts classes. Programs are scheduled weekdays after 11am.

To schedule call Janeen Bryant at 704.333.1887 ext. 233 at least two weeks in advance. When you call, please provide grade level, number of students (maximum of 35 students), program topic and three possible dates for the program.

Youth & the Civil Rights Movement
The role of youth in the Civil Rights Movement has been largely ignored by the history books. Watch the documentary "Children’s March" and learn how courageous youth played a vital role in transforming the American South.

Freedom Summer Case Study & Speech Writing Activity
During Freedom Summer of 1964 college students of diverse backgrounds risked their lives to secure voting rights for the black citizens of Mississippi. This team oriented exercise helps participants experience the challenges of bringing real democracy to the segregated South. Participants collaborate on a case study and speech writing activity inspired by the events of Freedom Summer.

Music & Black Southern History
What can Negro Spirituals, Blues, Jazz and Hip-Hop teach us about black southern history? Music often reflects the time in which it is created. Participants will listen to and read song lyrics from the past 150 years to see history through the eyes of black singers and musicians.

If you have questions or suggestions for education programs, contact Janeen Bryant at 704.333.1887 ext. 233 or email jbryant@museumofthenewsouth.org.