The Tree of Protest links the educational focus of the civil rights movement to new modes of digital and civic pedagogies. Civil rights scholars have increasingly recognized the ways the civil rights movement used education as a form of social change. As a result, organizations and educators have developed a range of lessons that attempt to put “the movement back into civil rights teaching.”1 At the same time, scholars from the field of digital pedagogy and service learning have called for new justice-oriented modes of education.((Jesse Stommel, “Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Definition,” Hybrid Pedagogy and Tania D. Mitchell, “Traditional vs. Critical Service-Learning: Engaging the Literature to Differentiate Two Models,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Spring 2008), 50-65))  Drawing on the methods of critical digital pedagogy and service-learning, the lessons engage students in a critical aspect of the movement via digital resources maps, oral histories, and primary documents, while linking those aspects to  contemporary politics and social movements. 

Lessons: *underdevelopment

Lesson 1: Networking

Lesson 2: Allyship

Lesson 3: Freedom Education 


  1. Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching (Teaching for Change) and Nico Slate,Rosa Parks,” []