Biographies of Women Activists

Type: Profile    Location: National

Take a Seat -- Make a Stand

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: North Carolina
A middle school chapter book about the life of Sarah Keys Evans who resisted segregation on a bus in 1952..

Transportation Protests: 1841 to 1992

Type: Article    Location: National
Examples of protests of discrimination on transportation from the 19th and 20th centuries.


Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
This middle school chapter book offers a chance to learn an untold story of Reconstruction that was a precursor to the Great Migration.

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.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Picture Book    Location: Mississippi
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.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Type: Book Fiction    Location: Alabama
Christopher Paul Curtis, 1997. Historical fiction about a family that visits Birmingham during the time of the church bombing.

March, Book One and Book Two

Type: Book – Biographies    Location: National, Alabama
Graphic novels on the life of John Lewis' childhood and engagement in the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Counter Histories: Documenting the Struggle to Desegregate Southern Restaurants

Type: Website    Location: Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina
Documentary website on the sit-in movement in five southern cities.

Freedom Summer

Type: Film    Location: Mississippi
Documentary film about Freedom Summer. 2014.


Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
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.

Mississippi Bridge

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

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Alabama
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    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.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Type: Film    Location: National, Mississippi
Keith Beauchamp, 2005 Documentary about the journey to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish murder of an innocent African-American teenager.

Strange Fruit

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

Salt of the Earth

Type: Film    Location: New Mexico
McCarthy era film about the struggle for equality of Mexican-American miners--examines issues of labor, gender, and ethnicity. 1954.

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 Road to Brown: The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

Type: Film    Location: National
William Elwood, 1990 The story of segregation and the brilliant legal assault on it, focusing on Charles Hamilton Houston.

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.

This Day in Civil Rights History

Type: Book – Teaching Guides    Location: National
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.

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.

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

Type: Book – Photos    Location: National, California, Mississippi
Paul Richards, 1987 Photographic collection of the 1960s protest movements.

Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington

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

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Type: Book – Biographies    Location: Alabama
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    Location: Arkansas
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    Location: National
Milton Meltzer, 2002 History of the struggle for civil rights throughout U.S. history for middle school readers.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Alabama
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.

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.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Type: Book – Biographies    Location: Alabama
Phillip Hoose, 2009 The story of 15-year-old Claudette Colvin who challenged bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.

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.

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.