Director Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hutchins Center is partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project and Left Field Labs to develop Selma Online, a free digital education platform that will empower public school students and teachers to explore the historic 1965 voter registration campaign in Selma, Alabama. Core to the curriculum will be Ava DuVernay’s 2014 feature film, Selma, which will spur students’ engagement with questions of leadership, democracy, voting rights, and social change. In delving into this pivotal chapter of the freedom struggle, students and teachers will also be able to trace Selma’s living legacy in the issues and struggles of society today. Led by Hutchins Center Director, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Selma Online will bring history to life through cutting-edge technologies that invite rising generations to walk in the footsteps of the civil rights crusaders of the 1960s. Following the development and piloting phases of this project, it will roll out nationwide, with an anticipated launch date of 2019. Once completed, Selma Online will live on at the Hutchins Center website.