Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Teacher's Guide

The Legacy of Ivan Allen Jr. Teacher's Guide

Ivan Allen Jr. (1911-2003)

Ivan Allen Jr., mayor of Atlanta from 1962 to 1970, was one of Atlanta's most dynamic leaders and is credited with launching the city's greatest period of economic development and social transformation, both as mayor and a private citizen. In 1966, the New York Times reported,

"Ivan Allen is very much like Atlanta, a comparison he would like. He is successful, optimistic, young in spirit, and disdainful of anything that stands still. He is the perfect personification of the great American phenomenon - the civic shaker and business mover."

This teacher's guide accompanies the exhibition, The Legacy of Ivan Allen Jr. This exhibition was sponsored by the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech and was curated by the Atlanta History Center.

Goals for learning:

  • The importance of civic leadership.
  • The history of Atlanta as it relates to Ivan Allen Jr.'s life.
  • The importance of the fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s.
  • The educational legacy Ivan Allen Jr. left behind at Georgia Tech.

Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards for this Teacher's Guide:
To access Georgia Performance Standards for each activity, click on the
grade designation to the right of the activity title.

A Tradition of Civic Leadership [Grades K-12]
  CL Activity 1: Civic Leaders [Grades K-12]
  CL Activity 2: You Can Quote Me On That [Grades 6-12]
  CL Activity 3: Reading A Photograph [Grades 6-12]
News Makers: The Atlanta Connection [Grades 4-12]
  NM Activity 1: Mayors and Maps [Grades 4-12]
  NM Activity 2: Word Search [Grades 4-12]
  NM Activity 3: Spelling Bee [Grades 4-12]
  NM Activity 4: Read All About It! [Grades 4-12]
People and History: A Timeline of Civil Rights in Atlanta [Grades 1-12]
  CR Activity 1: Civil Rights Timeline [Grades 1-12]
  CR Activity 2: Headline News [Grades 8-12]
  CR Activity 3: Oral History Project [Grades 5-12]
Georgia Tech - Ivan Allen's Legacy of Education [Grades 4-12]
  GT Activity 1: Career Matching [Grades 4-12]
  GT Activity 2: Learn and Earn College Bowl [Grades 6-12]
  GT Activity 3: Ivan Allen Job Search [Grades 6-12]
Ivan Allen Jr. Timeline  
Georgia Humanities Council

This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Atlanta History Center National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative
781 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0525