Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop Resources


Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

This page aims to help Scouts do research for requirements 7 and 8. These resources are not exhaustive, and are intended only to give some “thought starters”.

During the workshop, we will have “learning stations” set up with materials about key leaders and moments in the civil rights movements for Women, Block Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities.


Resources (* related to Seattle history)


African American Leaders & Experience

Roberta Byrd Barr legendary Seattle Civil Rights Leader. *

Reverend Samuel McKinney: Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Central Area Civil Rights leader *

Bettylou Valentine and the Central District Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) *

John Lewis – Death, Congress & Civil Rights – Biography

Rosa Parks: Bus Boycott, Civil Rights & Facts – HISTORY

10 Modern Black Civil Rights Leaders to Follow Today – DiversityInc

Martin Luther King workshopped his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Seattle *

Seattle’s Civil Rights History  – UW History Project  *

CORE and Central Area Civil Rights Campaigns: 1960-1968 *

The Murder of Emmett Till  |   Civil Rights History Project  |  Library of Congress

The Selma to Birmingham March

Wa Na Wari,  “Our Home,” Central District’s gathering place for Black artists and neighbors.

The Breakfast Group. Inspiring, empowering, and tapping into the potential of  Seattle area youth of color

The History of Redlining in Seattle – YouTube


Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

Wing Luke Museum of the  PNW AAPI Experience *

Shiro Kashino and the Japanese American Nisei Solders in WW II

Frank Nishimura – An American Hero. Japanese American Nisei Soldiers in WWII

Barracks and Boy Scouts: Norman Mineta’s story | National Museum of American History

Densho: Japanese American Experience in Seattle   *

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

From internment camps to school admissions, 80 years of fighting anti-Asian hate

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation


LGBTQ Experience

15 LGBTQ Activists of the Past and Present You Should Know (

Manuel Venegas – Seattle Community Advocate for LGBTQ rights

How ‘Will & Grace’ Had a Real-Life Political Impact on Marriage Equality


Women Experience

National Women’s History Museum

Women’s Suffrage Leaders | Early Feminist Movement & the 19th Amendment

Prominent Women Who Fought for Equality

Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson and the black women mathematicians of the space race

The Vote | American Experience | PBS

Equal Rights Amendment | National Archives

We Can Do It! The Impact of Rosie the Riveter on American Women

Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson and the black women mathematicians of the space race


Native American Experience

Red Road to DC.  Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey to protect sacred places *

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

March 8, 1970: Daybreak Star’s Groundbreaking – The Seattle Star *

In the PNW Native Fishing Rights Take on a Role as Environmental Protector  *

Voting Rights for Native Americans  |  The Right to Vote Library of Congress

‘I know who I am’: Urban Natives tell the story of Seattle’s first Indigenous landmark | Crosscut

The Duwamish River and Preservation of Ha ah Poos Village Park and Shoreline

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary – The New York Times

Clyde Bellecourt, Native American civil rights leader

Dennis Banks, American Indian Civil Rights Leader

Cecile Hansen and the Interminable Road to Justice for the Duwamish | South Seattle Emerald



El Centro de la Raza

Cesar Chavez – Facts, Accomplishments, Death – HISTORY

15 Latino Activists You Should Know And Read About | HuffPost Life



Breaking Barriers In Sports

Jackie Robinson Documentary | Ken Burns | PBS

USA Speed Skater Erin Jackson Becomes First Black Woman to Medal Event |

Meet the winter Paralympic athletes from Minnesota | MPR News


The Arts

The Story of Seattle’s Black and Tan Club and Those Who Owned It | South Seattle Emerald *

Hollywood Movies Continue To Perpetuate Harmful Asian Stereotypes

Academy of Motion Pictures Establishes Representation Standards for Oscars



Meet the 40 most influential people on race and politics — Recast Power List (


Legal Rulings for Inclusion

The fight for the right to vote in the United States – Nicki Beaman Griffin – YouTube

Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Definition, Summary & Significance HISTORY

The Civil Rights Act of 1968 and History of Fair Housing

The Supreme Court’s role in defining American citizenship

‘It is so ordered.’ Supreme Court Justices on gay marriage decision | PBS NewsHour

Not All Caucasians Are White: The Supreme Court Rejects Citizenship for Asian Indians

Civil Rights for Indigenous Groups: Native Americans, Alaskans, and Hawaiians

The Richard and Mildred Loving Story – Overturning the Laws against interracial marriage


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