Biographies of Women Activists

Type: Profile    Location: National

The Reconstruction Era and The Fragility of Democracy

Type: Book – Teaching Guides    Location: National
Readings, film clips and primary documents to engage students in a deep study of the Reconstruction era.

Freedom on the Border

Type: Oral History    Location: Kentucky
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    Location: Maryland
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    Location: North Carolina
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    Location: National, North Carolina
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    Location: National
Civil Rights for Beginners provides an easy to read yet thorough overview of the movement for grades 7+.

Transportation Protests: 1841 to 1992

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

Freedom’s Main Line: Louisville, Kentucky 1870-1871

Type: Article    Location: Kentucky


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.

Dr. Roy DeBerry: Mississippi Voting Rights Activist

Type: Profile    Location: Mississippi

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: National
Primary documents and analysis for middle school to adult on the untold yet vital history of the Reconstruction era in the United States.

Harvey Richards Media Archive

Type: Website    Location: National
The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images related to the Civil Rights Movement.

South African Unions Struggle for Justice

Type: Lesson    Location: South Africa
This lesson invites students to imagine themselves as black union activists at the height of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s and poses them problems that confronted real-life organizers at the time.

Teaching About Race and the Media

Type: Lesson    Location: Mississippi
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.

Preserving and Teaching Black History

Type: Oral History    Location: National
During this powerful interview, Jenkins talks about the history of Howard University, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), pan-Africanism, liberatory education, the Association for the Study of African American Life and Culture (ASALH), Black history as American history, Stokely Carmichael, lessons from the barbershop, revolutionary nonviolence, and much more.

Precious Knowledge

Type: Film    Location: Arizona
Documentary film on the attack on ethnic studies in Arizona.

Zinn Education Project

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

Marion Barry Interview by High School Students

Type: Oral History    Location: District of Columbia, Mississippi
Interview with SNCC veteran Marion Barry by high school students.

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.

Teaching About Nonviolence and Self-Defense

Type: Lesson    Location: National, Mississippi
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    Location: Mississippi
Gallery walk on the history of education and race in Mississippi.

Judge Carlton Reeves Offers a Lesson in History

Type: Article    Location: Mississippi
Statement by Judge Carlton Reeves on history of racism in Mississippi.

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.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Mississippi

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?

Type: Film    Location: Mississippi
Documentary film and discussion guide about the first African Americans to desegregate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–69.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Type: Film    Location: Mississippi
Documentary film about a contemporary environmental justice story in Gulfport, Mississippi. 2013.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Mississippi

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: National, Mississippi

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

Type: Oral History    Location: National
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    Location: Mississippi
Primary documents from Freedom Summer.

Nicolás Guillén: The Struggle against Two Racisms

Type: Article    Location: National
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    Location: Mississippi
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    Location: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi
Documentary website on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

"I Never Will Forget" Memories From Mississippi Freedom Summer

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

Rev. George W. Lee: Voting Rights Activist

Type: Article    Location: Mississippi
Profile of Rev. George Lee, murdered in May of 1955 for his voting rights activism in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Cross Burning Threatens Black Sorority at Georgia Tech 30 Years Ago

Type: Article    Location: Georgia
Janine Gomez, 2015 A member of Georgia Tech's Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historically Black sorority, recounts witnessing 1985 cross burning at her sorority house.

Blackwell v. Issaquena Board of Education

Type: Article    Location: Mississippi

Big Shoes to Fill

Type: Lesson    Location: National
Community building activity based on the prompt, "in whose shoes am I walking."

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Type: Film    Location: Alabama
Documentary film for middle and high school on the 1960s voting rights struggle in Selma.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Type: Article    Location: National
Orlando Bagwell, 1994 A documentary about the life of Malcolm X.

Contemporary Police Brutality and Misconduct: A Continuation of the Legacy of Racial Violence

Type: Article    Location: National
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So the Heffners Left McComb

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Mississippi
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    Location: National, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina
Oral history interviews by Civil Rights Movement veterans.

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.

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

Type: Lesson    Location: National
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    Location: Arkansas
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    Location: National, New York
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    Location: Arkansas
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.

Exploring the History of Freedom Schools

Type: Lesson    Location: Mississippi

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Type: Book Fiction    Location: Mississippi
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    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.

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964

Type: Film    Location: Georgia
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    Location: South Africa
Lesson on the South African freedom struggle for middle and high school students.

Viva La Causa

Type: Film    Location: National, Alabama, California
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    Location: National, Mississippi
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    Location: Virginia
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.

Strange Fruit

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

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre of 1968

Type: Film    Location: South Carolina
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    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.

The Murder of Emmett Till

Type: Film    Location: National, Mississippi
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    Location: Alabama
Robert Houston, 2002 Free documentary for teachers on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Type: Film    Location: National
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    Location: National, Mississippi
Lesson on the murder of voting rights activist Herbert Lee and witness Louis Allen.

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

Type: Book – Photos    Location: National
Steven Kasher, 1996. The story of the civil rights movement through inspiring photographs.

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.

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

Type: Book – Biographies    Location: Virginia
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    Location: Arkansas
Melba Patillo Beals, 2007 Story of a teenage girl chosen to desegregate Little Rock High School.

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

Type: Lesson    Location: National
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    Location: National
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    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.

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.

Mighty Times: The Children's March

Type: Film    Location: National
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    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.

Eyes on the Prize

Type: Film    Location: National, Mississippi
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    Location: Mississippi
This role play introduces students to the life and legacy of Medgar Evers and the voting rights struggle in the 1950s and 60s.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: National
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    Location: Alabama
Russell Freedman, 2009 Written for middle school, the story of the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: National
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    Location: Illinois
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    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.

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Type: Book – Biographies    Location: National, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
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    Location: National
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.

This is the Day: The March on Washington

Type: Book – Photos    Location: National
Leonard Freed, 2013 A collection of photographs on the August 28th, 1963 March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction    Location: Mississippi
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    Location: Mississippi
Herbert Randall, 2001 Photos of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

The Return of Gabriel

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

Freedom Song

Type: Film    Location: Mississippi
Phil Alden Robinson, 2006. Based on the actual history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi.