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Geography Awareness Week November 12-18, 2017

Geography Awareness Week is back and, as always, it is the third week in November. This year’s theme is the geography of civil rights movements. The Alabama
Geographic Alliance would like to invite you to check out some maps and links to educational sites about this important topic.

1949 Segregation
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This first map shows which states were segregated and in what areas. It was published in 1949 for general information purposes. It was used at the time by people of color to know which states should be avoided.

Educational Segregation
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This map shows the segregation in schools before the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional.

Key Moments in the Struggle for Civil Rights for African Americans

The map above lists important historical events, locations, and population statistics related to the civil rights movement.

National Geographic has many interesting articles and lessons about civil rights. Click here for more.

Wednesday, November 15, is GIS day!
View GIS day resources here

The Kansas Geographic Alliance has a website dedicated to Geography Awareness week. Make sure to check out their site.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963
Story Map exploring population, routing & change over time

The National Parks Service has made an interactive map of historic civil rights movement locations. Click here to check it out.

Human Rights Quarterly published a paper on using geography in human rights work.

Rights and Place: Using Geography in Human Rights Work
by: Jean Connolly Carmalt

While some articles are written so that younger students can read them, when it comes to a subject like the civil rights movement, the truth is that sometimes it is a emotional and difficult thing to learn. The following articles show that the quest for civil rights is not over.

Statistics on human rights

A map of hate groups that still exist in the U.S.

This last link shows the flow of migration around the world. It is important to realize that our planet, and our nation, is full of diverse cultures and people. We should build on the success of the civil rights movement, and secure civil rights for our new neighbors and fellow citizens. Click here to view the map

If you have any Geography Awareness Week stories to share, or if you would like us to add some resources, feel free to contact us.

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Geography Awareness Discounts

  • Giant Traveling Maps: Anyone who completes a rental request form between Nov. 12-30 gets 10% off the two week rental rate. This means they can reserve a map now and get locked in at the $549 rate. Visit to complete a rental request.
  • National Geographic Bee: Any educator who registers a school with grades 4-8 between Nov. 12-30 can enter code GAW20 to get 20% off Nat Geo Bee registration. Registration will be $80 (including this discount and the early bird rate). Visit to register. Schools with financial need can request deeper discounts even after this date by completing a form at

McBride third-graders “Journey with Geography”

“Elementary school students go through a variety of stations designed to teach them about geography at Muscle Shoals High School where high school and college students host the National Geography Awareness Week event.”

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Check out the image gallery from the event:

Geo Kids At Forest Hills Elementary School

“Students in Megan Smith’s first-grade class at Forest Hills have learned a lot lately about the city’s landscape.

They’ve learned Trowbridge’s is a downtown diner and not a “troll bridge,” and Veterans Park has on display one of the coolest helicopters ever.

More importantly, they’ve learned how some of Florence’s most famous attractions have helped create the landscape of the city they call home.”

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Check out the image gallery from the event: