Racialized Spaces on Route 66 photos

Landmarks of American History and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities Program For K–12 Teachers

Workshops

Session 1

  • Online synchronous: June 3, 2023
  • Residential: July 10-14, 2023
  • Online synchronous: August 19, 2023

Session 2

  • Online synchronous: June 10, 2023
  • Residential: July 17-21, 2023
  • Online synchronous: August 26, 2023

As Route 66 arrives at its centenary in 2026, teachers have time to capture and build upon a place that is iconic throughout history and to use this landmark to foster critical thinking and curricula embedded in social justice. For too long Route 66 has been remembered as a place for cruising, dancing the lindy, and finding vintage Coke bottles. Left out of this narrative is the history and culture of segregation that framed the experiences of others along Route 66. Flagstaff provides you with an opportunity to examine a wider narrative of Route 66. In Flagstaff’s Southside with its Green Book locations, murals and other sites, you will examine how different racial and ethnic groups were pulled to the Southside to serve, celebrate and entertain visitors traveling on Route 66. In addition, we will examine the complexities of Indigenous Communities and Route 66, which crosses more than 25 Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

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