Pauli Murray Civil Rights Legal Scholar
Pauli Murray was a non-binary, multi-racial individual who struggled with their identity throughout their life, decades before the concept of "Non-Binary" even existed. Their personal journey toward self-actualization included a focus on the wording of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which asserts that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Murray's extensive studies made them the preeminent Civil Rights Legal Scholar of the 20th Century. As such they were directly or indirectly responsible for the successful passage of virtually every Civil Rights Law in the United for nearly 75 years. Click below to see each of Pauli Murray's Lesson Plan Tracks for age-appropriate education tools/information and research links:
The 2022/23 School Year has Arrived! The Legacy Project, in conjunction with our partners at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, and Equality Illinois, has launched a new Search Portal to help teachers create a classroom experience which meets the requirements of Illinois's new Inclusive Curriculum Law. We have analyzed the Illinois School Code and developed a complex matrix to plot out how everything we offer can be seamlessly incorporated into existing curriculum to transform your classroom experience into one which includes the many contributions LGBTQ people have made to the world we share. To stay up-to-date on development news and to learn how you can volunteer your time to help with this effort, please sign-up to receive the ICL Newsletter HERE.
Two Informative Videos Highlighting LGBTQ History and Curriculum Inclusion
The Legacy Project Education Initiative (LPEI) is part of a comprehensive strategy to address the despair that can sometimes grip LGBTQ youth, many of whom live in isolation, without historically significant role models. It has been internationally recognized as a powerful tool to combat anti-LGBTQ bullying in our schools by directly confronting the ignorance that makes it possible. These age appropriate resources - lesson plans, study guides, question banks, and multimedia - are now part of Illinois's LGBTQ-Inlcusive Curriculum.