Books – Biography



For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
The powerful story of Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up among "the poorest of the poor" in rural Mississippi and became a national figure in the civil rights movement.
Students on Strike

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

Location: Virginia    Grade Level: 7-9
First person description of the student led movement to desegregate schools in Prince Edward County.
Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Senior High

Location: Arkansas    Grade Level: 7-9
Story of a teenage girl chosen to desegregate Little Rock High School.

Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
A memoir of a prominent black doctor in Mississippi and his efforts to fight against segregation

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
A memoir written as a graphic novel about an Latino girl living during the civil rights movement in Alabama.

Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
Biography of Septima Clark who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement through education.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
The story of 15 year old Claudette Colvin who challenged bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Student friendly profiles of people who have fought for social justice in U.S. history.