Growing Up in Segregated America
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New June 2022! Bernice Thompson speaks about the everyday segregation she experienced while growing up and its long-term impacts.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Civil Rights-60**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing this first-person account about segregation, present “new” classroom rules: Middle school students must eat lunch at their desks, while elementary students may eat in the cafeteria and middle school students must use the restrooms and drinking fountains in the basement, while elementary students may use any of these facilities that they want. Have students think about these rules, how it would feel to have to obey these and what they could do to advocate for change.
  • There are many first person Civil Rights videos on the Educate.Today website. Use a keyword search for Civil Rights. These may be used as prompts for think pair share activities, jigsaws, small group discussions, journaling, and dramatic play. Their stories are also available for individual study, research projects or National History Day projects.


To learn more about living under segregation and the fight for civil rights, check out the full program this segment is edited from: History in the First Person: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement 1.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.