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Listen&Learn: John Lewis

2nd September 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • activist: someone who fights for political change
  • politician: someone who works in government
  • segregation: the separation of people based on race
  • advocate: to actively support or promote something
  • marginalized: cast out and treated poorly by society
  • elect: to vote someone into public office

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

John Lewis was an American activist and politician. He was born in 1940 in Troy, Alabama. When Lewis was growing up, segregation was still in Southern states. As a teenager, Lewis was inspired by the of activist Martin Luther King, Jr. While he was a student in college, Lewis became involved in the American civil rights movement, which aimed to gain rights and opportunities for Black people. He even helped to the March on Washington, one of the most important of the entire movement. Lewis continued to advocate for the rights of Black Americans long after the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. He decided to run for office in the 1980s to help marginalized communities. Lewis was elected to Congress in 1986, and he served until his death in 2020.

Comprehension questions

1. John Lewis was born in

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John Lewis was born in 1940

2. Lewis became involved in the civil rights movement because

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Lewis became involved in the civil rights movement because he was inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. In 1986, Lewis

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In 1986, Lewis ran for office.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Although the civil rights movement ended a long time ago, racism did not. In recent years, a new movement called Black Lives Matter has gained international support. This movement aims to end racism and abuse of power within the police system. What are some of the major similarities and differences between this movement and the movement of the 1960s?

Transcript

John Lewis was an American activist and politician. He was born in 1940 in Troy, Alabama. When Lewis was growing up, segregation was still common in Southern states. As a teenager, Lewis was inspired by the speeches of activist Martin Luther King, Jr. While he was a student in college, Lewis became involved in the American civil rights movement, which aimed to gain equal rights and opportunities for Black people. He even helped to organize the March on Washington, one of the most important events of the entire movement. Lewis continued to advocate for the rights of Black Americans long after the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. He decided to run for office in the 1980s to help marginalized communities. Lewis was elected to Congress in 1986, and he served until his death in 2020.

The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

5th February 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • activist: a person who works to achieve political change
  • discrimination: the act of treating a person poorly for reasons such as race or gender
  • segregation: the act of keeping people of different races apart
  • outlaw: to make something illegal
  • commemorate: to remember and show respect for something or someone

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Famous activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. Like most black Americans in the South back then, King faced discrimination growing up. At age 15, he spent a in the North. He was surprised to see that in northern states, people of all races could go to the same churches and eat in the same restaurants. This inspired him to fight against segregation in the South. Nine years later, King moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where he became the of a civil rights organization. He led several peaceful , which eventually led to the Civil Rights Act. This act outlawed public discrimination. King was killed in 1968, but his accomplishments allowed black Americans to keep fighting for . He is still commemorated today.

Comprehension questions

1. King was born in

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King was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

2. At age 15, King

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At age 15, King spent a summer in the North and was inspired to fight segregation in the South.

3. The Civil Rights Act outlawed

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The Civil Rights Act outlawed racial discrimination.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired many people to stand up for the civil rights movement. Can you think of a time that you stood up for something you believed in?

Transcript

Famous activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. Like most black Americans living in the South back then, King faced discrimination growing up. At age 15, he spent a summer in the North. He was surprised to see that in northern states, people of all races could go to the same churches and eat in the same restaurants. This inspired him to fight against segregation in the South. Nine years later, King moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where he became the leader of a civil rights organization. He led several peaceful protests, which eventually led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act. This act outlawed racial discrimination. King was killed in 1968, but his accomplishments allowed black Americans to keep fighting for equality. He is still commemorated today.