1925-1949

 

The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult

Biographies of Women Activists

Type: Profile     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
A compilation of resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

Freedom on the Border

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The experiences of more than one hundred courageous crusaders for civil rights in Kentucky.

Transportation Protests: 1841 to 1966

Type: Article     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Examples of protests of discrimination on transportation from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Biography of post-WWII Mississippi voting rights activist and elected leader Aaron Henry.

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Nan Woodruff argues that the African Congo under Belgium's King Leopold II is an apt metaphor for the Delta of the early twentieth century.

“Felton X” (Bill Russell)

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Read this article about William (Bill) Felton Russell, a basketball star for the Boston Celtics in the 1960s. He was nicknamed “Felton X” because he wouldn’t denounce the Nation of Islam.

Remarks at the Second Circuit 
Judicial Conference

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Thurgood Marshall speech about affirmative action at the Second Court Judicial Conference.

Teaching About Race and the Media

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Readings related to the reporting in the 1950s and 60s in regards to the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi with a protocol to engage participants in a discussion.

Zinn Education Project

Type: Website     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lessons and other resources for K-12 for teaching peoples history.

Teaching About Nonviolence and Self-Defense

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Reading and discussion strategy for short text by Charles Cobb Jr. on nonviolence and self-defense in the Civil Rights Movement.

Gallery Walk on the History of Education in Mississippi Through the Lens of Race

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Gallery walk on the history of education and race in Mississippi.

Dallas County Voters League

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Holly Jansen, 2012 A dedicated history online of the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL), the group that bravely launched the fight for voting and economic rights in Selma in the 1920s.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Duncan Tonatiuh, 2014 A little-known yet important story of the fight to end school discrimination against Mexican-American children is told with lively text and expressive art.

Nonviolence vs. Jim Crow

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Bayard Rustin, 1942 Article by Bayard Rustin about the use of non-violence in 1942 to challenge Jim Crow.

DOVE - Desegregation of Virginia Education

Type: Website     Grade Level: 10-12
Website with collections about the history of Virginia's school desegregation process.

Mississippi Bridge

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Mildred D. Taylor, 2000. Historical fiction set in Mississippi in the 1930s about racial injustice.

Coming of Age in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Anne Moody, 2002 Autobiography about growing up in Mississippi in the forties and fifties.

The Road to Brown: The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
William Elwood, 1990 The story of segregation and the brilliant legal assault on it, focusing on Charles Hamilton Houston.

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Student-friendly profiles of people who have fought for social justice in U.S. history. By Michele Bolling and Dao X. Tran.

Mama's Window

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Lynn Rubright, 2002 In a truly heartwarming yet unexpected ending, Mama’s Window shows us all the importance of hope, dreams, and finding a place to call home.

Mississippi Morning

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Ruth Vander Zee, 2004 A thought-provoking story of one white boy’s loss of naïvete in the face of harsh historical realities.