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Regions Partners with State Department of Education to Roll Out Living History Lesson

DVD and study guide focus on civil and human rights struggles, gains and ongoing battle for equality.


SEPT. 18, 2014 -
Regions has partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education to distribute 50 Years Forward, a back-to-school DVD and study guide for middle school and high school history students throughout Alabama highlighting important milestones from the Civil Rights Movement.

In September 2013, as part of Birmingham, Ala.’s empowerment week, Regions hosted a panel discussion on civil and human rights. The panel was led by Birmingham native and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and moderated by CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King.

“Regions is proud to honor those who stood up for equal rights and continue to stand for equality today,” said Rick Swagler, head of External Affairs at Regions. “This compelling DVD and study guide provide a frank discussion from key figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Their stories and their hope for the nation are worth sharing with the next generation.”

The 50 Years Forward study guide features a DVD from the lively, 90-minute discussion that also included panelists U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), former U.S. District Judge U. W. Clemon and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Led by Dr. Rice, the esteemed panelists recounted chilling memories of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham and the prosecution of the case decades later, the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing battle for equality throughout the world today.

Prepared by Regions’ Corporate Advocacy team, the DVD and study guide provide thought-provoking questions for students based on events of the time and the discussion of the day, as well as compelling questions about current events.

In addition to the distributed material, both the video and study guide are available online at regionsbanknews.com.

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