Articles

 

My Students Convinced Me to Let Go of Old School Teaching

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult

Household Workers Unite

Location: Alabama    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

Location: National    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Examples of protests of discrimination on transportation from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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

Location: Kentucky    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12

The Hip-Hop Revolution

Location: National, New York    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Article by Manning Marable explores the connection between hip-hop and politics, including the development of the “Hip-Hop Coalition,” which to increase voter registration and turnout by African-American and Latino youth.

I Have Not Signed a Treaty with the United States Government

Location: National, California    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Poem by Menominee writer, artist, and activist Chrystos.

Murals: Redefining Culture, Reclaiming Identity

Location: California    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
A powerful essay on the connections among art, identity, and activism, with full color photographs after the article.

“Felton X” (Bill Russell)

Location: National    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

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

From Freedom to Liberation: Politics and Pedagogy in Movement Schools

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
An article about the “liberation schools” through which the Black Panther Party taught children “about the class struggle in terms of Black history.”

Remarks at the Second Circuit 
Judicial Conference

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Thurgood Marshall speech about affirmative action at the Second Court Judicial Conference.

Mississippi at Atlantic City

Location: Mississippi    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.

Lynch Law in America

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
This text is excerpted from “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition,” a pamphlet prepared by Ida B. Wells-Barnett in August 1893 at the time of the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair).

Key Dates in Voting Rights History

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12
Voting rights history timeline.

Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12

Land Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

Location: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Examples of land stolen from Black Americans

Judge Carlton Reeves Offers a Lesson in History

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

Voting Rights Act: Beyond the Headlines

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

Nicolás Guillén: The Struggle against Two Racisms

Location: National    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

Location: Mississippi    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.

Rev. George W. Lee: Voting Rights Activist

Location: Mississippi    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.

Cross Burning Threatens Black Sorority at Georgia Tech 30 Years Ago

Location: Georgia    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

The Alabama Project

Location: Alabama    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.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Location: National    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

Location: National    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

Location: National, Mississippi    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

Location: Alabama, Mississippi    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

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

Dallas County Voters League

Location: Alabama    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.

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

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

The March on John Philip Sousa: A Social Action Project

Location: District of Columbia    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.

Nonviolence vs. Jim Crow

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Bayard Rustin, 1942 Article by Bayard Rustin about the use of non-violence in 1942 to challenge Jim Crow.

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

Location: Mississippi    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

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

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

Location: National    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.

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

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