The 1968 Olympic Protest & the Black Power Movement

The Black Power Movement and the 1968 Olympic Protest
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What Students Learn

In this Black Power Movement lesson plan, students learn about the 1968 Olympic Black Power protest and the Black Power Movement in America and how it changed the Civil Rights Movement.  This is a story-lecture that covers Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Peter Norman and uses that to teach the rise of the Black Power Movement during the Civil Rights Era. It reviews Malcolm X's teachings, the transformation of SNCC under Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panthers, and the Watts Riot/Uprising, and the story behind the famous photograph of Carlos' and Smith's powerful protest.


What Students Do

Analyze the Black Panther Party’s 10 Point Program and design an original ‘Protest First’ for an issue the student chooses with images and an original slogan in this engaging Black Power Movement lesson plan.

Skill Development: Analyzing primary sources, summarizing, design thinking.