Marion Butts Collection:
African American Elected Officials
Objectives: Students will gain an understanding of the importance of African Americans in government, their struggle to be a part of the political process, and the qualifications of specific candidates running for office.
Social Studies TEKS:
- TEK 7.21C Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps
- TEK 7.7C Trace the civil rights and equal rights movements of various groups in Texas in the 20th century and identify key leaders in these movements.
- TEK 7.21A Differentiate between, locate, and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas.
Approximately 2-4 class periods (depending upon the depth of the projects)
Materials & Resources:
- Primary source sets for each candidate
- Poster-board or butcher paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- The teacher will put students in heterogeneous groups of 3-4 students. Each group will be assigned a candidate running for office. The students will become the campaign committee for this candidate.
- Each group must complete the following for the campaign
- Poster & Slogan
- Speech or platform for the candidate outlining his or her qualifications
- Have each group present to the class.
- What made each candidate qualified to run for office?
- Why is it important to have African Americans elected officials?
- How does this process relate to the Constitutional principle of republicanism
- Have students hold a press conference for their candidates. The group presenting should have a student act as Press Secretary, and the Candidate. The rest of the class should be the press corps, ready to ask questions.