Stony the Road

"Stony the Road We Trod...Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy" is a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K-12 schoolteachers, presented by the AHA and Dr. Martha Bouyer. Applications now open for July 10-30, 2022.

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Stony the Road We Trod

Stony the Road We Trod…Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy is a three-week interactive field study attended by just 30 teachers from around the country following an application process. “Stony the Road…” offers a unique opportunity for educators to participate in an in-depth, three-week, immersive field study of the modern Civil Rights Movement and the pivotal role that Alabama played in making the promises of the U.S. Constitution a greater reality for more Americans.

Teachers will trace the role of protest in American history as a tool used to obtain civil liberties and civil rights by examining events in Alabama that impacted not only our state and nation, but the world. Birmingham will serve as the host city for this Institute, which includes travel to Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee — all key “battleground” sites in the struggle for human and civil rights.

The next “Stony the Road” Summer Institute will take place July 10-30, 2022. Meeting and interacting with history makers will enable summer scholars to bring authenticity to their classrooms. Being able to say, “I was there, and I talked with…” will make history come alive for students and teachers alike. This Institute builds knowledge while providing pedagogical training. Educators will depart prepared to teach this era of history in a way that transforms both teaching and learning.

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Institute highlights

Educators selected to take part in this immersive experience will:

  • –Participate in conversations with scholars
  • –Interact with iconic leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement
  • –Travel to key sites of memory, as well as sites dedicated to the preservation of civil rights history statewide, in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee
  • –Review archival film footage and other primary source documents as they develop curricular projects
  • –Receive copies of all books used