Lesson Plan

Should Corporations Speak Out on Voter Suppression Laws and Other Injustices?

Coca Cola sign on top of Olympia Building in downtown Atlanta, Georgia

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GRADE LEVEL: High School

COMMON CORE STANDARDS: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language

SEL STANDARDS*: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

Georgia's Restrictive Voting Law (SB 202)

In March 2021, the Georgia State Legislature passed a major law (SB 202) that restricts and suppresses voting across the state. Democrats, voting rights groups and other advocates criticized and condemned the law, saying it limits voting rights and it unfairly targets voters of color. They called on and pressured corporations, especially those based in Georgia, to speak out about the new law. While some of these corporations had an initial tepid response, after the law passed and pressure mounted, Coca Cola, Delta, Major League Baseball and others released statements condemning the law. 

About the Lesson Plan

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about Georgia’s new voting laws and the corporations who spoke out about it, explore their own opinions about corporate responsibility to speak out and reflect on how they can influence corporations and others to take action on issues of social injustice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn about Georgia’s new voting law and the companies who have spoken out against it.
  • Students will reflect on their opinions and perspectives about the role corporations and other powerful entities should play in speaking out on social justice issues.
  • Students will explore their role as influencers and plan actions they can take to influence powerful entities to take a stand about social justice issues.