Hundreds of young people from schools across Derry and Strabane gathered in the Guildhall this week for a special event marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement. The event was part of the Speeches Strikes and Struggles programme led by the Tower Museum.
2018 sees the 50th anniversary of the Duke Street march of 5th October 1968, which is now heralded by many as the start of the Troubles.
History students had the opportunity to hear first-hand from some of those who were involved in the movement at the time, including Eamonn McCann, Aidan McKinney and Anne Devlin, and put questions about events of the time.
The students also heard from local academic and historian Dr Emmet O’Connor, who asked the question – ‘For unity or rights? What was the civil rights movement?’ The Nerve Centre presented students with curriculum mapped resources from their Teaching Divided Histories Project, including those charting civil rights both locally and internationally.
The day offered the opportunity for schools to engage in a range of active learning activities which will encourage them to engage better with the content being delivered in the classroom.
Photo Caption: Guest Speaker, Eamonn McCann pictured with Andrea McGillian, Foyle College, Nathan Divin, St. Columb’s College, Eoin Doherty, St. Joseph’s and Talor Boyd, Oakgrove Integrated College during the Speeches, Strikes and Struggles, Schools Cross-Community Civil Rights Conference for organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council in the Guildhall. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.04.18
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