Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 2: African American Women Lead

Lesson Plans and Film Modules

Students will define violence and personalize the issue by discussing their perceptions of and experience with violence. They will consider the key traits and skills Ameena Matthews embodies as a “violence interrupter” that allow her to successfully prevent shootings and mediate conflict. They will also consider the role gender plays in engaging communities and changing social norms around peace and violence.

From the film The Interrupters

Students will consider the media’s role during the desegregation of Central High School and the consequences of media coverage on the private lives of those involved. They will identify Daisy Bates’s media strategies and analyze the ways in which race and gender shaped the media’s portrayal of her. Lastly, students will describe how they would use the media accessible to them to voice opposition to a specific event, policy, or practice in their community.

From the film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Community Classroom 7

About this collection

This collection features three films about extraordinary African American women leaders: Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock, The Interrupters, and The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975. The first lesson considers the crucial leadership of largely forgotten civil rights activist Daisy Bates in the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The second introduces Ameena Matthews — a former drug-ring enforcer who now uses her unique skills to intervene in conflicts before they turn to bloodshed. The final lesson examines the legacy of Angela Davis and her profound impact on liberation movements around the globe. Note: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 film module is only available on DVD, and on PBS Video.