1950 -1974

 

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.

Round and Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride Into the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The story of the struggle to desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

Take a Seat -- Make a Stand

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
A middle school chapter book about the life of Sarah Keys Evans who resisted segregation on a bus in 1952..

Sarah Louise Keys

Type: Profile     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
In 1952, Sarah Louise Keys (in the Army) refused to move when asked to give up her seat for a white Marine.

Civil Rights for Beginners

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Civil Rights for Beginners provides an easy to read yet thorough overview of the movement for grades 7+.

Household Workers Unite

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Georgia Gilmore participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott through her fund-raising effort selling food at the boycott's mass meetings. Her grass-roots activism helped to sustain the long boycott and inspired similar groups to begin raising money.

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.

Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Stewart Burns presents a documentary history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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.

Dr. Roy DeBerry: Mississippi Voting Rights Activist

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

Harvey Richards Media Archive

Type: Website     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images related to the Civil Rights Movement.

Teaching the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12
A collection of lessons, books, and films for teaching outside the textbook about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The Borning Struggle

The Borning Struggle: An Interview with Bernice Johnson Reagon

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Through the story of the growth of the Civil Rights Movement in one town—Albany, Georgia—students get an insider’s perspective on how and why people got involved in the Movement, the collaboration and tension between groups, and the impact the Movement had on the town and its people.

“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.

Norma

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
An essay by poet Sonia Sanchez on what became of a girl she knew in high school.

Mississippi at Atlantic City

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
This report by Charles Sherrod tells an engaging and profound story about the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the struggles faced by and within the African-American community, and the tremendous challenges yet to be addressed.

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.

Key Dates in Voting Rights History

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12
Voting rights history timeline.

Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12

A Documents-Based Lesson on the Voting Rights Act: A Case Study of SNCC's work in Lowndes County and the Emergence of Black Power

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Readings by Ella Baker, John Hullet, John Lewis, and more help students explore how SNCC and the struggle for voting rights in Lowndes County are connected to the development of the Black Panther Party.

Lessons from the Heartland A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
History of public education in Wisconsin with a focus on civil rights struggles. By Barbara Miner, 2012.

Land Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Examples of land stolen from Black Americans

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.

Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 10-12
Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold, and Sylvia Braselmann, 2008 Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

Marion Barry Interview by High School Students

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Interview with SNCC veteran Marion Barry by high school students.

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrated by James E. Ransome, 2015. One family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights era South,

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Devery S. Anderson, 2015. Comprehensive account of the murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes, 2015. Poems and illustrations tell the story of the life of Fannie Lou Hamer for upper elementary and middle school.

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.

Judge Carlton Reeves Offers a Lesson in History

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Statement by Judge Carlton Reeves on history of racism in Mississippi.

Voting Rights Act: Beyond the Headlines

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Twelve key points we should all know about the history that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Christopher Paul Curtis, 1997. Historical fiction about a family that visits Birmingham during the time of the church bombing.

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: Adult

March, Book One and Book Two

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Graphic novels on the life of John Lewis' childhood and engagement in the modern Civil Rights Movement.

A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Case study of the creative and brave organizing for democracy and human rights in Lowndes County, Alabama.

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film and discussion guide about the first African Americans to desegregate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–69.

Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, An Oral History

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Reportage, oral history, and memoir about a pivotal case in the fight for voting rights, the United States v. Lynd.

Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi–based women’s organization Womanpower Unlimited, founded in 1961.

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral histories from key events of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Excellent classroom resource for middle to high school.

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Primary documents from Freedom Summer.

Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of the Civil Rights Movement in Biloxi in 1959.

Nicolás Guillén: The Struggle against Two Racisms

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Essay about world-renowned Afro-Cuban poet, writer, and activist Nicolás Guillén (1902–1989).

U.S. Flag An Act of Defiance for Voting Rights Activists

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The story behind this iconic photo of a young boy defending his right to hold the U.S. flag and the rights it symbolizes.

One Person, One Vote

Type: Website     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary website on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

"I Never Will Forget" Memories From Mississippi Freedom Summer

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Produced by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, May 2014. Booklet with oral histories.

Counter Histories: Documenting the Struggle to Desegregate Southern Restaurants

Type: Website     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary website on the sit-in movement in five southern cities.

Rev. George W. Lee: Voting Rights Activist

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Profile of Rev. George Lee, murdered in May of 1955 for his voting rights activism in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Blackwell v. Issaquena Board of Education

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

The Alabama Project

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Bruce Hartford, n.d. A summary of the Alabama Project to protest the denial of voting rights to African Americans.

To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale, 2014 An account, through newspapers, of the lives of African-American students who attended Freedom Schools in 1964.

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary film for middle and high school on the 1960s voting rights struggle in Selma.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Orlando Bagwell, 1994 A documentary about the life of Malcolm X.

From Civil Rights to Black Power: The Significance of the 1965-66 Alabama Freedom Movement

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Abayomi Azikiwe, 2015 A discussion of the impact of the Alabama Freedom Movement on the African American struggle.

The 1965 Mississippi Congressional Challenge

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
An article discussing the 1965 Mississippi Congressional Challenge's impact on voting rights for African Americans.

Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Profile of SNCC activist Colia Lafayette, born in Mississippi. Active in her home state, Alabama, and New York.

The View from the Trenches

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles Payne, 2006. An article that problematizes the traditional narrative of the Civil Rights Movement.

Bloody Selma

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: Adult
Prathia Hall's description of organizing in Selma, Alabama.

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.

The Fog Machine

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Susan Follett, 2014 Historical fiction set during Freedom Summer in Mississippi and Chicago.
So the Heffners Left McComb cover

So the Heffners Left McComb

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Hodding Carter, 1965 The story of a family’s encounter with staunch racism and terrorism that led to their departure from McComb, Miss.

In Their Own Voice: Oral Histories Collected by the Library of Congress

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral history interviews by Civil Rights Movement veterans.

Freedom Summer

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film about Freedom Summer. 2014.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb, 2014 The vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities during the Southern Freedom Movement.

Revolution

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Deborah Wiles, 2014 More than just a novel, Revolution is, in effect, a time machine. Deborah Wiles’ first-person narrative of Sunny, a white teen living in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer is beautifully written and closely follows the actual historic events.

This Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: Adult
Leslie G. Kelen, 2012 Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Mississippi Eyes The Story and Photography of the Southern Documentary Project

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: Adult
Matt Heron, 2014 Photo documentary of Freedom Summer in 1964.

Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson on the history and challenges of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at Atlantic City in 1964.

The March on John Philip Sousa: A Social Action Project

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
After learning about John Philip Sousa Middle School's connection to desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement, students are inspired to take collective action to preserve the school's designation as a historic landmark.

‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson plan using the Black Panther's Ten Point Program to help students assess issues in their own communities and to develop Ten Point Programs of their own. By Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools.

“A School Year Like No Other”: Eyes on the Prize: “Fighting Back: 1957-1962″

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9
Lesson highlighting the Little Rock 9 students whose determination led the way for desegregation in schools. By Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools.

A Revolution of Values

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9
Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.

Warriors Don’t Cry: Connecting History, Literature, and Our Lives

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Role play and writing activities for language arts and social studies on the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board, and schooling in general. By Linda Christensen, Rethinking Schools.

Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due, 2003 Book about the civil rights movement, told from the perspective of two generations.

Exploring the History of Freedom Schools

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12

DOVE - Desegregation of Virginia Education

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

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.

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2003. Historical fiction about the Emmett Till murder.

We've Got A Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Cynthia Y. Levinson, 2012 Book about the 1963 Birmingham Children's March as seen through the eyes of four young people who were at the center of the action.

As Fast As Words Could Fly

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Pamela M. Tuck, 2013 Set in 1960s North Carolina, how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Ted Ownby, 2013 Book of essays that these twelve essays tell new stories about the civil rights movement in the state most resistant to change.

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary about women in the Spelman College class of 1964 who participated in civil rights protests in Atlanta. 2012

Movers and Movements: Fighting for Social Justice in South Africa

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lesson on the South African freedom struggle for middle and high school students.

Viva La Causa

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary film on the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s. By Bill Brummel and Alonso Mayo, 2008.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Keith Beauchamp, 2005 Documentary about the journey to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish murder of an innocent African-American teenager.

They Closed Our Schools

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
The story of Moton High where students led a two week long boycott demanding equal schools for black children under the separate but equal doctrine. 2015.

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre of 1968

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson, 2009 An in depth look at a massacre that happened at South Carolina State College in 1968.

Salt of the Earth

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
McCarthy era film about the struggle for equality of Mexican-American miners--examines issues of labor, gender, and ethnicity. 1954.

Ruby Bridges

Type: Film     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Euzhan Palcy and Toni Ann Johnson, 1997 Disney film about a six-year-old girl who is the first African American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school.

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.

The Murder of Emmett Till

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Stanley Nelson, 2003 This film traces the story of Emmett Till's murder and the dramatic trial that followed.

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Robert Houston, 2002 Free documentary for teachers on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Joanne Grant, 1981 Award-winning documentary about Ella Baker's life and contributions to the civil rights movement

Murder Mystery: Shining a Light on the Story that the Newspapers Left Out

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson on the murder of voting rights activist Herbert Lee and witness Louis Allen.

The Three R's- Reading, 'Riting, and Race: The Evolution of Race in Mississippi History Textbooks, 1900-1995

Type: Article     Grade Level: Adult
A detailed study of the history of racism in Mississippi textbooks by Rebecca Miller Davis. 2010.

Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States 2011

Type: Article     Grade Level: Adult
A national report card on the state of civil rights education in our country

Uncle Sam's Children: Travels in the USA

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Karl Eskelund, 1965 A book chronicling the experiences of a Danish travel writer, including his experiences in McComb, Mississippi.

The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Steven Kasher, 1996. The story of the civil rights movement through inspiring photographs.

This Day in Civil Rights History

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Horace Randall Williams and Ben Beard, 2009 A full page description of a key event in the history of the Civil Rights Movement for each day of the year.

For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Chana Kai Lee, 2000. The powerful story of Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up among "the poorest of the poor" in rural Mississippi and became a national figure in the civil rights movement.

Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Recent book about southern student activism in the 1960s

Rosa

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Nikki Giovanni, 2007 A beautifully illustrated book for children about Rosa Parks in the context of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 7-9
John A. Stokes, 2007 First person description of the student led movement to desegregate schools in Prince Edward County.

Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Senior High

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 7-9
Melba Patillo Beals, 2007 Story of a teenage girl chosen to desegregate Little Rock High School.

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Larry Dane Brimner, 2007 A sophisticated picture book on a key civil rights leader.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Jeanne Theoharis, 2014 A revealing window into Mrs. Rosa Parks’ politics and years of activism.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4
Carole Boston Weatherford, 2007 Historical fiction in an upper elementary picture book about the Greensboro sit-ins.

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
James P. Marshall, 2013 The role of students in the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Radical Vision

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”

Women Make History: An Untold Story of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson that highlights the importance of women in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for social justice.

Critical Focus: The Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Paul Richards, 1987 Photographic collection of the 1960s protest movements.

Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Patrick Henry Bass, 2004 In this book, a journalist compiles a compelling story about the 1963 March on Washington by using eyewitness accounts, pictures, and stories.

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Stuart Stotts, 2010 History of the song from the Civil Rights Movement and other struggles, We Shall Overcome.

Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Gilbert R. Mason, 2012 A memoir of a prominent black doctor in Mississippi and his efforts to fight against segregation

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lila Quintero Weaver, 2012 A memoir written as a graphic novel about an Latino girl living during the civil rights movement in Alabama.

A Life is More Than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little Rock's Central High

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Will Counts, 2007 Photographs and corresponding essays depict the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High.

There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Milton Meltzer, 2002 History of the struggle for civil rights throughout U.S. history for middle school readers.

Mighty Times: The Children's March

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Robert Houston, 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary film that tells the heroic story of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama, who brought segregation to its knees.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson, 1997 The moving story of two young girls who were caught up in the 1965 movement in Selma, Alabama.

Eyes on the Prize

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Blackside Inc., 2006. Classic documentary film on the people's history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Meet Medgar Evers: Introduction to the Southern Freedom Movement

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
This role play introduces students to the life and legacy of Medgar Evers and the voting rights struggle in the 1950s and 60s.

The Unknown Origins of the March on Washington: Civil Rights Politics and the Black Working Class

Type: Article     Grade Level: Adult
William P. Jones, 2010 The hidden history of the origins of the March on Washington in the fight for racial equality in labor and the labor movement.

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Bayard Rustin, 2012 The story of the behind-the-scenes strategist, organizer, and advocate of non-violence, Bayard Rustin.

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Gary Younge, 2015 The story behind Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
William P. Jones, 2014 A history of the 1963 March on Washington and the Civil Rights leaders behind it.

Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: Adult
Katherine Mellen Charron, 2012 Biography of Septima Clark who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement through education.

Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Ellen Levine, 2000 Thirty African-Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s tell their true stories of what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South.

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Russell Freedman, 2009 Written for middle school, the story of the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Bruce Watson, 2010 A history of Freedom Summer, the pivotal period of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 Mississippi

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2014 Narrative and photos on the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Steven F. Lawson, Charles M. Payne, & James T. Patterson, 2006 Introduces and examines the complex story of the modern Civil Rights Movement as it should be taught, providing key background information and analysis for teachers.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Andrea Davis Pinkney, 2010 Picture book celebrating the story of the four college students who staged a peaceful protest at the Woolworth's lunch counter.

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Taylor Branch, 2013 The King Years offers a selection of excerpts from Taylor Branch's "America in the King Years."

The Rock and the River

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Kekla Magoon, 2009 Coming-of-age story of two brothers in Chicago shows the close connections between the civil rights and black power movements.

One Crazy Summer

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9
Rita Williams-Garcia, 2010 The heartbreaking, funny tale of three young girls and the Black Panthers.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Phillip Hoose, 2009 The story of 15-year-old Claudette Colvin who challenged bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.

Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Emilye Crosby, 2011 A collection of original works on the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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.

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, and Jenice L. View, 2004 Lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement.

The Promise: Brown v. Board of Education, The Civil Rights Movement, and Our Schools

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: Adult
Rethinking Schools, 2004 A special expanded issue of Rethinking Schools magazine on the history and legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and racial justice in the classroom.

This is the Day: The March on Washington

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Leonard Freed, 2013 A collection of photographs on the August 28th, 1963 March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Akinyele Omowale Umoja, 2013 Documents the use of armed resistance by black activists and supporters in Mississippi from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.

SNCC: The New Abolitionists

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Howard Zinn, 2013 A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: pre-K-1, 2-4
Paula Young Shelton, 2009 Beautifully illustrated book for young children by classroom teacher about growing up in the Civil Rights Movement.

1964 Freedom Summer Collection

Type: Website     Grade Level: 10-12
Extensive collection on the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.

Freedom on My Mind

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12
Connie Field, 1994. The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles M. Payne, 2007 The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

History Detectives: Voting Rights in Mississippi, 1964

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson based on primary documents from the voting rights struggle in Mississippi.

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
John Dittmer, 1995 A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb Jr., 2007 An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Laura J. Lipson, 2002 One of the best films on the Civil Rights Movement, this award-winning documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it.

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
With a series of short vignettes, The Spies of Mississippi provides an accessible narrative for young adults covering details of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Faces of Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Herbert Randall, 2001 Photos of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

Freedom School,Yes!

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Amy Littlesugar and Floyd Cooper, 2001 In this triumphant story based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Summer ProJect, two characters come together to celebrate the strength of a people.

The Return of Gabriel

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
John Armistead, 2002 Filled with suspense, The Return of Gabriel takes readers deep into a not-so-distant era of the 1960s.

Remembering Medgar Evers

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Minrose Gwin, 2013 In her compelling study of collective memory and artistic production, Remembering Medgar Evers, Minrose Gwin engages the powerful body of work that has emerged in response to Evers’s life and death.

Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Poetry of 1964 Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez, 2007 During the summer of 1964, a presidential election year, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) sent volunteers into Mississippi to expand Black voter registration in the state.

Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
This biography of civil rights leader Medgar Evers draws on personal interviews and extensive archival work. By Michael Vinson Williams, 2011.

Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Sue Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan, 2012 Thunder of Freedom unites Sue Sojourner’s personal experiences with her insights regarding the dynamics of race relations in the 1960s South, providing readers with a unique look at the struggle for rights and equality in Mississippi.

An Ordinary Hero: True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mullholland

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Loki Mulholland, 2013 “An Ordinary Hero” is the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a white Southern Civil Rights activist.

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Henry T Gallagher, 2012 A first-person account of the turbulent times of the Oxford riot by a soldier who guarded James Meredith when he integrated Ole Miss.

Hands On the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Faith Holsaert et al, 2010. An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.

Civil Rights Movement Veterans

Type: Website     Grade Level: 10-12
Vast collection of resources on the Southern Freedom Movement compiled by those who lived it. Includes a bibliography, timelines, photos, primary source documents, and lists of speakers.

Freedom Song

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Phil Alden Robinson, 2006. Based on the actual history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi.

The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks: An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther King, Jr

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Derrick Alridge, 2006 Critique of textbook coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.