Valorie Carmer

By creating a unit on the Truman Administration’s decision to desegregate the military, Ms. Carmer and Ms. Corley aim to impart lessons on tolerance, equity, and civic responsibility. Language arts students read novels that explore equity issues and research primary sources to examine the political and social reasons behind the decision to end segregation in the armed forces. Assuming the role of the federal official responsible for the policy, each student team presents evidence for or against the proposal during a mock forum at the Truman Library.