We Stood Up: Reflections on the civil rights movement

We Stood Up is an audio anthology for children, produced by Lincoln Financial Foundation, that uses stories and songs to bring the ideals of freedom, opportunity and equality to life for a new generation.

This powerful recording includes excerpts from conversations with courageous men and women such as John Lewis, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Franklin McCain, Shirley Franklin and others who faced many challenges and overcame great obstacles. All became respected leaders in politics, education, community service and business.

Listen to the album

The anthology is available to the public on iTunes and free to download for educators and non-profit organizations. Share these stories of bravery, perseverance and triumph with your classroom and children to celebrate and continue the legacy of freedom, opportunity and equality.

Watch a trailer for the album here.
 

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Personal stories that extend the legacy

Each story and reflection focuses on a specific aspect of freedom and equality in America. These events and experiences had a permanent effect on these storytellers. Their perseverance and achievements during difficult times provides an inspiring a vision for a better world. To hear these stories and others in their entirety, visit the oral histories page.

Lesson plans and resources for educators

By preserving and sharing the details and emotional impact of these moments in history, educators can motivate young people through the powerful words and inspirational stories of these leaders.

To incorporate these stories into your lesson plans and other educational programs, download our educator’s guide.

For additional resources, visit the curriculum page.

To sing along to the songs on We Stood Up, you can download the song lyrics (PDF) and instrumental versions.