Additional Resources for Young People:

Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack, Gordon C. James (Illustrator). Viking Penguin, 2005. The Nashville sit-in movement through the eyes and experiences of a 10-year old girl. (Ages 8-12)

Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, by Zita Allen. Scholastic Library Publishing, 1996. The biographies and experiences of women who were involved in leadership positions during the Civil Rights Movement. (6 th grade & up)

Circle of Fire, by Evelyn Coleman. Pleasant Company Publications, 2001. The story of a 12-year old girl who foils a plot by the KKK to firebomb the Highlander Folk School (see aforementioned information on Septima Clark) and assassinate Eleanor Roosevelt. (Ages 9 to 12)

Dare to Dream, by Angela Medaris & Ann Rich. Penguin Putnam, 1999. A biography of Coretta Scott King and her participation in the Civil Rights Movement. (3 rd - 5 th grades)

Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-Ins, by Carole Boston Weatherford and Jerome LaGarrigue (Artist). Dial, 2004. A picture book about the Greensboro sit-ins as seen from the perspective of a little girl. (1 st - 3 rd grades)

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, by Faith Ringgold. Alladdin Paperback, 2002. Rosa Parks' story as told by the bus that experienced it first-hand.   (Ages 5 to 9)

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator). Gulliver Books, 2000. The stories of ten black women and their struggles to advance abolitionism, women's rights and civil rights. (4 th - 7 th grades)

The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin. Clarion Books, 2004.   Daisy Bates' story along with photographs and primary source material detail the struggle to integrate Central High. (6 th - 11 th grades)  

Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement, by Camilla Wilson. Scholastic, 2001. Rosa Parks and the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.   (Ages 9-12)

Rosa Parks: My Story, by Rosa Parks, James and Jim Haskins. Puffin, 1999. Rosa Parks tells her story and discusses The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement. (Ages 9 to 13)

Selected Additional Resources:

Abernathy, Ralph David. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Armstrong, Julie, Susan Edwards, Houston Roberson, and Rhonda Williams, eds. Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song . New York: Routledge, 2002.

Bennett, Lerone, Jr. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America . 5 th ed. New York: Penguin, 1982.

Blaustein, Albert, and Robert Zangrando, eds. Civil Rights and the American Negro: A Documentary History . New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968.

Burner, Eric R. And Gently Shall He Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi . New York: New York University Press, 1994.

Carson, Clayborne, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s .   Cambridge: Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Cleaver, Eldridge. Soul on Ice . New York: Random House, 1968.

Davis, Townsend. Weary feet, Rested souls: a Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement . New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.

Dunn, Joe P. "Teaching the Civil Rights Era: A Student-Active Approach." History Teacher , vol. 38 (2005): 455-468.            

Farber, David, and Beth Bailey, eds. The Columbia Guide To America in The 1960s . New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

Franklin, John Hope, and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans . 8th ed. New York: A.A Knopf, 2000.

-------------------- and August Meier, eds. Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Hampton, Henry, and Steve Fayer, eds. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s . New York: Bantum Books, 1990.

Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68 . New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. Stride toward Freedom . New York: Harper & Row, 1958.

Levy, Peter B. "Teaching The 1960s With Primary Sources." History Teacher , vol. 38 (2004): 9-20.

------------ ed. Let Freedom Ring: A Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1992.

------------ The Civil Rights Movement . Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Meir, August and Elliot Rudwick. CORE: A Study in the Civil Rights Movement, 1942-1968. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975.

Menkart, Deborah, Alana D. Murray and Jenice L. View, eds. Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide for K-12 Classrooms . Foreword by Congressman John Lewis. Washington,. DC: McArdle Printing, 2004.

Weisbrot, Robert. Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement . New York: W.W. Norton, 1990.

Whalen, Charles and Barbara Whalen.   The Longest Debate: A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act . New York: Mentor, 1985.            



Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years . Produced by Henry Hampton: Blackside Inc. and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1986.

Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, 1965-1985 . Produced by Henry Hampton: Blackside Inc. and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1989.

Four Little Girls. Produced by 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks. Directed by Spike Lee, 1997.

Freedom on My Mind. produced by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford: Clarity Films, 1994

Fundi: the Story of Ella Baker. Produced by Joanne Day: New Day Films, 1981.

Standing On My Sister's Shoulders. Produced by Joan Sadoff and Dr. Robert Sadoff. Directed by Laura Lipson: Sadoff Productions, 2002.

Thurgood Marshall: Portrait of an American Hero. Columbia Video Productions, 1985.

We Shall Overcome. Produced by Jim Brown, Ginger Brown, Harold Leventhal, and George Stoney: The Ginger Group, 1989.



African Study Center, University of Pennsylvania

African America World: PBS

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive

The Civil Rights Movement: CNN Interactive

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Stanford University

Microsoft Encarta Online Dictionary

"Civil Rights Movement in the United States"

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Southern Poverty Law Center

Time, Inc. Newsfile: Civil Rights Movement

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

A National Registrar of Historic Places Itinerary




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