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Zinn Education Project

Type: Website     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lessons and other resources for K-12 for teaching peoples history.

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Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrated by James E. Ransome, 2015. One family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights era South,

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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.

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Voting Rights Act: Beyond the Headlines

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

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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.

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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

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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

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Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s

Type: Oral History     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral histories from key events of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Excellent classroom resource for middle to high school.

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Nicolás Guillén: The Struggle against Two Racisms

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Essay about world-renowned Afro-Cuban poet, writer, and activist Nicolás Guillén (1902–1989).

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Big Shoes to Fill

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Community building activity based on the prompt, "in whose shoes am I walking."

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Socratic Seminars

Type: Website     Grade Level: Adult
Selected articles and websites on Socratic Seminars.

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Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Orlando Bagwell, 1994 A documentary about the life of Malcolm X.

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From Civil Rights to Black Power: The Significance of the 1965-66 Alabama Freedom Movement

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Abayomi Azikiwe, 2015 A discussion of the impact of the Alabama Freedom Movement on the African American struggle.

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Ella Baker Birthday Celebration in 1978

Type: Primary Document     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Letter of invitation and tribute from an event to honor and support Ms. Ella Baker.

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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.

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The View from the Trenches

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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This Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: Adult
Leslie G. Kelen, 2012 Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.

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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.

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‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson plan using the Black Panther's Ten Point Program to help students assess issues in their own communities and to develop Ten Point Programs of their own. By Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools.

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A Revolution of Values

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9
Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.

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Nonviolence vs. Jim Crow

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

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Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Susan D. Carle, 2013 Vital history of late 19th and early 20th century organizing that laid the groundwork for modern Civil Rights Movement.

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Viva La Causa

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Bill Brummel and Alonso Mayo, 2008 Focuses on the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s.

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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.

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Strange Fruit

Type: Film     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Joel Katz, 2002 Documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic song.

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The Road to Brown: The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

Type: Film     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
William Elwood, 1990 The story of segregation and the brilliant legal assault on it, focusing on Charles Hamilton Houston.

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Type: Film     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Richard Wormser, 2002 Explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

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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.

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Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Joanne Grant, 1981 Award-winning documentary about Ella Baker's life and contributions to the civil rights movement

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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.

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Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States 2011

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

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The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Steven Kasher, 1996. The story of the civil rights movement through inspiring photographs.

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This Day in Civil Rights History

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Horace Randall Williams and Ben Beard, 2009 A full page description of a key event in the history of the Civil Rights Movement for each day of the year.

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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.

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Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Recent book about southern student activism in the 1960s

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We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Larry Dane Brimner, 2007 A sophisticated picture book on a key civil rights leader.

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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.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Radical Vision

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”

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Women Make History: An Untold Story of the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson that highlights the importance of women in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for social justice.

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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.

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Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Patrick Henry Bass, 2004 In this book, a journalist compiles a compelling story about the 1963 March on Washington by using eyewitness accounts, pictures, and stories.

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We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Stuart Stotts, 2010 History of the song from the Civil Rights Movement and other struggles, We Shall Overcome.

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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

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There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Milton Meltzer, 2002 History of the struggle for civil rights throughout U.S. history for middle school readers.

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Mighty Times: The Children's March

Type: Film     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Robert Houston, 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary film that tells the heroic story of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama, who brought segregation to its knees.

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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.

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

Type: Article     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.

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I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Bayard Rustin, 2012 The story of the behind-the-scenes strategist, organizer, and advocate of non-violence, Bayard Rustin.

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The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Gary Younge, 2015 The story behind Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
William P. Jones, 2014 A history of the 1963 March on Washington and the Civil Rights leaders behind it.

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Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: Adult
Katherine Mellen Charron, 2012 Biography of Septima Clark who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement through education.

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Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Ellen Levine, 2000 Thirty African-Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s tell their true stories of what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South.

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Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Steven F. Lawson, Charles M. Payne, & James T. Patterson, 2006 Introduces and examines the complex story of the modern Civil Rights Movement as it should be taught, providing key background information and analysis for teachers.

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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4
Andrea Davis Pinkney, 2010 Picture book celebrating the story of the four college students who staged a peaceful protest at the Woolworth's lunch counter.

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The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9
Taylor Branch, 2013 The King Years offers a selection of excerpts from Taylor Branch's "America in the King Years."

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One Crazy Summer

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9
Rita Williams-Garcia, 2010 The heartbreaking, funny tale of three young girls and the Black Panthers.

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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.

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101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Michele Bolling and Dao X. Tran, 2012 Student-friendly profiles of people who have fought for social justice in U.S. history.

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Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, and Jenice L. View, 2004 Lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Promise: Brown v. Board of Education, The Civil Rights Movement, and Our Schools

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: Adult
Rethinking Schools, 2004 A special expanded issue of Rethinking Schools magazine on the history and legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and racial justice in the classroom.

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This is the Day: The March on Washington

Type: Book – Photos     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Leonard Freed, 2013 A collection of photographs on the August 28th, 1963 March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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SNCC: The New Abolitionists

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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