Alabama

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Land Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

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

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.

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.

One Person, One Vote

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.