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History professor wins NEH grant for teacher workshops

Thursday, August 30, 2007 – Ann Claycombe

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Tim Crimmins, professor of history at Georgia State, has won a $155,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a series of teacher workshops on civil rights history.

This is the second year Crimmins has held the workshop, titled “The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History.” As its name implies, the one-week course uses Atlanta buildings including the Capitol, the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Fox Theater to teach about the history of segregation and the fight for civil rights. The workshop is taught in partnership with the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Last year, teachers from more than 20 states attended the workshops. During their week in Atlanta, they developed curricula for teaching the civil-rights movement that they took back to their own schools across the country.