Sussex Academy students research 1960s civil rights movement

Sussex Academy students kneel in front of their Civil Rights Movement projects, which will be displayed in the Georgetown Public Library. Shown are (l-r) Katherine Van Pelt, Georgetown; Alexandra Vander Valk, Milton; Jack Faust, Lewes; Macenzie Hastings, Seaford; Andrew Bowden, Laurel; Lexie Allen, Laurel; Kelsey Allen, Milton; Kayla Booros, Bridgeville; and Collin Hand, Seaford. SOURCE SUBMITTED
November 19, 2013

Seventh-grade students at the Sussex Academy in Georgetown recently completed projects about the civil rights movement in Dustin Parker’s social studies class. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, students decided on their specific topics, conducted research and interviewed people from the community.

Six projects were selected to be displayed at the Georgetown Public Library. Topics included how civil rights organizers gained support, how businesses were affected, bus boycotts and how the Montgomery bus boycott impacted the movement, how the movement influenced professional sports and how the movement affected Delaware.

Some of the members of the community that were interviewed included Dotty Beard of Seaford, a young adult during the movement; Steve Allen of Laurel, a business owner at the time; Janet and Edward Maas of Seaford, who grew up during the civil rights movement; Vaughn McCabe of Georgetown, a local athlete during that time; and the Rev. Gary Meekins of Bridgeville's Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church.