The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: Mississippi
Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2015. An introduction for upper elementary students to the Reconstruction era in U.S. history through the true story of Congressman Roy Lynch from Natchez, Mississippi.

Zinn Education Project

Type: Website    Location: National
Lessons and other resources for K-12 for teaching peoples history.

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: National
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,

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

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: California
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.

Mississippi Bridge

Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
Mildred D. Taylor, 2000. Historical fiction set in Mississippi in the 1930s about racial injustice.

As Fast As Words Could Fly

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: North Carolina
Pamela M. Tuck, 2013 Set in 1960s North Carolina, how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.

Strange Fruit

Type: Film    Location: National
Joel Katz, 2002 Documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic song.

Ruby Bridges

Type: Film    Location: Louisiana
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 Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Type: Film    Location: National
Richard Wormser, 2002 Explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement.


Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: Alabama
Nikki Giovanni, 2007 A beautifully illustrated book for children about Rosa Parks in the context of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: National
Larry Dane Brimner, 2007 A sophisticated picture book on a key civil rights leader.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Type: Book Fiction    Location: North Carolina
Carole Boston Weatherford, 2007 Historical fiction in an upper elementary picture book about the Greensboro sit-ins.

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: National
Stuart Stotts, 2010 History of the song from the Civil Rights Movement and other struggles, We Shall Overcome.

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

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: National
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.

One Crazy Summer

Type: Book Fiction    Location: National, California
Rita Williams-Garcia, 2010 The heartbreaking, funny tale of three young girls and the Black Panthers.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: National, Alabama, Georgia
Paula Young Shelton, 2009 Beautifully illustrated book for young children by classroom teacher about growing up in the Civil Rights Movement.

Mama's Window

Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
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.

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
Tim Tingle, 2008 A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.

Freedom School,Yes!

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: Mississippi
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.

Mississippi Morning

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: National, Mississippi
Ruth Vander Zee, 2004 A thought-provoking story of one white boy’s loss of naïvete in the face of harsh historical realities.