Mississippi

 

The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
A compilation of resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

My Students Convinced Me to Let Go of Old School Teaching

Type: Article     Grade Level: Adult

Sugar

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
This middle school chapter book offers a chance to learn an untold story of Reconstruction that was a precursor to the Great Migration.

Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator

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

Dr. Roy DeBerry: Mississippi Voting Rights Activist

Type: Profile     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Nan Woodruff argues that the African Congo under Belgium's King Leopold II is an apt metaphor for the Delta of the early twentieth century.

Mississippi at Atlantic City

Type: Article     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.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2015. An introduction for upper elementary students to the Reconstruction era in U.S. history through the true story of Congressman Roy Lynch from Natchez, Mississippi.

Teaching About Race and the Media

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
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.

Land Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

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

Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 10-12
Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold, and Sylvia Braselmann, 2008 Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

Marion Barry Interview by High School Students

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Interview with SNCC veteran Marion Barry by high school students.

Reconstructing Democracy

Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South After the Civil War

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Justin Behrend, 2015. Story of African-Americans in Mississippi after the Civil War.

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Devery S. Anderson, 2015. Comprehensive account of the murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Gallery walk on the history of education and race in Mississippi.

Judge Carlton Reeves Offers a Lesson in History

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

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

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: Adult

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Reportage, oral history, and memoir about a pivotal case in the fight for voting rights, the United States v. Lynd.

Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi–based women’s organization Womanpower Unlimited, founded in 1961.

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Primary documents from Freedom Summer.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of the Civil Rights Movement in Biloxi in 1959.

U.S. Flag An Act of Defiance for Voting Rights Activists

Type: Article     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.

One Person, One Vote

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

"I Never Will Forget" Memories From Mississippi Freedom Summer

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary website on the sit-in movement in five southern cities.

Rev. George W. Lee: Voting Rights Activist

Type: Article     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.

Blackwell v. Issaquena Board of Education

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale, 2014 An account, through newspapers, of the lives of African-American students who attended Freedom Schools in 1964.

The 1965 Mississippi Congressional Challenge

Type: Article     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

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.

The Fog Machine

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Susan Follett, 2014 Historical fiction set during Freedom Summer in Mississippi and Chicago.

So the Heffners Left McComb cover

So the Heffners Left McComb

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral history interviews by Civil Rights Movement veterans.

Freedom Summer

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film about Freedom Summer. 2014.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb, 2014 The vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities during the Southern Freedom Movement.

Revolution

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
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.

Mississippi Eyes The Story and Photography of the Southern Documentary Project

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: Adult
Matt Heron, 2014 Photo documentary of Freedom Summer in 1964.

Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson on the history and challenges of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at Atlantic City in 1964.

Exploring the History of Freedom Schools

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12

Mississippi Bridge

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Mildred D. Taylor, 2000. Historical fiction set in Mississippi in the 1930s about racial injustice.

Coming of Age in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Anne Moody, 2002 Autobiography about growing up in Mississippi in the forties and fifties.

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2003. Historical fiction about the Emmett Till murder.

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Ted Ownby, 2013 Book of essays that these twelve essays tell new stories about the civil rights movement in the state most resistant to change.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Keith Beauchamp, 2005 Documentary about the journey to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish murder of an innocent African-American teenager.

The Murder of Emmett Till

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Stanley Nelson, 2003 This film traces the story of Emmett Till's murder and the dramatic trial that followed.

Murder Mystery: Shining a Light on the Story that the Newspapers Left Out

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson on the murder of voting rights activist Herbert Lee and witness Louis Allen.

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

Type: Article     Grade Level: Adult
A detailed study of the history of racism in Mississippi textbooks by Rebecca Miller Davis. 2010.

Uncle Sam's Children: Travels in the USA

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Karl Eskelund, 1965 A book chronicling the experiences of a Danish travel writer, including his experiences in McComb, Mississippi.

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

Type: Book – Biographies     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.

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
James P. Marshall, 2013 The role of students in the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Critical Focus: The Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Paul Richards, 1987 Photographic collection of the 1960s protest movements.

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

Type: Book – Biographies     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

Eyes on the Prize

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
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     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
This role play introduces students to the life and legacy of Medgar Evers and the voting rights struggle in the 1950s and 60s.

Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Bruce Watson, 2010 A history of Freedom Summer, the pivotal period of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 Mississippi

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2014 Narrative and photos on the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Emilye Crosby, 2011 A collection of original works on the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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.

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Akinyele Omowale Umoja, 2013 Documents the use of armed resistance by black activists and supporters in Mississippi from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.

SNCC: The New Abolitionists

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Howard Zinn, 2013 A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

1964 Freedom Summer Collection

Type: Website     Grade Level: 10-12
Extensive collection on the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.

Freedom on My Mind

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12
Connie Field, 1994. The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles M. Payne, 2007 The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

History Detectives: Voting Rights in Mississippi, 1964

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson based on primary documents from the voting rights struggle in Mississippi.

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
John Dittmer, 1995 A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb Jr., 2007 An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Laura J. Lipson, 2002 One of the best films on the Civil Rights Movement, this award-winning documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it.

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

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
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.

Mama's Window

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Lynn Rubright, 2002 In a truly heartwarming yet unexpected ending, Mama’s Window shows us all the importance of hope, dreams, and finding a place to call home.

Faces of Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Herbert Randall, 2001 Photos of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4
Tim Tingle, 2008 A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.

Freedom School,Yes!

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Amy Littlesugar and Floyd Cooper, 2001 In this triumphant story based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Summer ProJect, two characters come together to celebrate the strength of a people.

Mississippi Morning

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Ruth Vander Zee, 2004 A thought-provoking story of one white boy’s loss of naïvete in the face of harsh historical realities.

The Return of Gabriel

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
John Armistead, 2002 Filled with suspense, The Return of Gabriel takes readers deep into a not-so-distant era of the 1960s.

Remembering Medgar Evers

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Minrose Gwin, 2013 In her compelling study of collective memory and artistic production, Remembering Medgar Evers, Minrose Gwin engages the powerful body of work that has emerged in response to Evers’s life and death.

Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Poetry of 1964 Freedom Summer

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez, 2007 During the summer of 1964, a presidential election year, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) sent volunteers into Mississippi to expand Black voter registration in the state.

Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
This biography of civil rights leader Medgar Evers draws on personal interviews and extensive archival work. By Michael Vinson Williams, 2011.

Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Sue Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan, 2012 Thunder of Freedom unites Sue Sojourner’s personal experiences with her insights regarding the dynamics of race relations in the 1960s South, providing readers with a unique look at the struggle for rights and equality in Mississippi.

An Ordinary Hero: True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mullholland

Type: Film     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Loki Mulholland, 2013 “An Ordinary Hero” is the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a white Southern Civil Rights activist.

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Henry T Gallagher, 2012 A first-person account of the turbulent times of the Oxford riot by a soldier who guarded James Meredith when he integrated Ole Miss.

Hands On the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Faith Holsaert et al, 2010. An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.

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.

Freedom Song

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Phil Alden Robinson, 2006. Based on the actual history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi.