Materials: selection from the Laramie Project. A copy of the 13, 14, and 15th amendments along with the ERA.
A look at black civil rights legislation. 13Th, 14th and 15th amendments. The civil rights act. (10 minutes)
Look at legislation for women's rights. Look at the ERA and discuss why it didn't pass. (10 minutes)
Then look at gay civil rights legislation. Hate crime laws. Discuss the case of Matthew Shepard. Have students read a selection from the Laramie Project and reflect on it in their notebook. Is this kind of action ever justified, whether the person is gay or not?
Discuss their reflections. Encourage students to go and see BU's Stage Troupe's production of Laramie Project that weekend. (10 minutes)