Teaching the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

In 1906 a three−day riot began Sept. 22‚ in downtown Atlanta and spread throughout the city….

Georgia (Nov 23, 2005) — Teaching the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Michelle Goodsite‚ goodsite02@msn.com‚ 770−529−8123 or Becky Ramsay‚ bramsey@kennesaw.edu‚ 678−797−2170

In 1906 a three−day riot began Sept. 22‚ in downtown Atlanta and spread throughout the city. The riot resulted in the deaths of at least 25 blacks and two whites.

In an effort to educate teachers about the riot‚ the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project has scheduled “Teaching the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot: Strategies for Building Community through Shared Study‚” a one−day conference for area teachers Tuesday‚ Jan. 17‚ 2006. It will be held at Kennesaw State University. The cost is $25. To register‚ go to www.1906atlantaraceriot.org. Click on “resources” for the downloadable form. For more information call 678−797−2170.

“A conference like this is invaluable for two main reasons‚” says conference project manager Michelle Goodsite. “First‚ studying an event that happened in their own backyard can bring history alive for students. But even more important‚ students need to realize that studying and understanding such difficult material is critical to improving race relations during their generation.” Further‚ the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot is now a required topic under new Georgia Performance Standards for 8th grade Social Studies.

In addition to gaining historical background on the riot‚ conference participants will have opportunities to reflect with other teachers on ways to share this challenging curriculum with their students. Breakout sessions will introduce approaches for connecting students with the riot and for building community within their classrooms. Teachers will be equipped to impart to their students understanding of the forces‚ both good and bad‚ that influence race relations‚ and to facilitate that understanding to the greater good of the community.

Session topics include:

~The Arts and Anger: Creative Expression in a Time of Turmoil
~Bridging the Gap: Individuals Shaping Today’s Atlanta from the 1906 Riot to the Civil Rights Movement
~Process and Product – A Collaborative Research Model for Studying the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot
~The Media and Their Biases: From the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot to Present

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project‚ a National Writing Project site at Kennesaw State University since 1994‚ is spearheading this educational conference as part of a series of programs‚ exhibits and activities facilitated by the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu