Books – Biography


Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Biography of post-WWII Mississippi voting rights activist and elected leader Aaron Henry.

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Location: Alabama, Mississippi, New York    Grade Level: Adult

March, Book One and Book Two

Location: National, Alabama    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.

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

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Chana Kai Lee, 2000. 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: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me

Location: Virginia    Grade Level: 7-9
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

Location: Arkansas    Grade Level: 7-9
Melba Patillo Beals, 2007 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
Gilbert R. Mason, 2012 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
Lila Quintero Weaver, 2012 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
Katherine Mellen Charron, 2012 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
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

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    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.