This website is about the Civil Rights Movement of 1951-1968. Many of us who were active in the Civil Rights Movement prefer to call it the "Southern Freedom Movement." Whatever name you use, this was the period of protests and political struggles in the South to win freedom from race-based oppression and exploitation, end racial segregation, and win voting rights for all regardless of race. Almost everything on this site was written by a veteran of the Southern Freedom Movement. This is where we who were there tell it like it was in our own words.
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Deborah Menkart, Teaching For Change:
In my work teaching about and developing lessons on the modern Civil Rights Movement for grades 7+, I rely on the CRMVet website for primary documents, photos, analysis, updates on veterans, timelines, and more. It is by far the best online archive on the Southern freedom movement.
Reading the primary documents dispels myths about the movement and captures students' attention. The primary documents include daily logs that paint a vivid picture of the violence against voting rights activists; letters that reveal disagreements among organizers; and reports that highlight challenges the organizers had to face such as transporting and housing volunteers, communications, and fundraising.
I appreciate the careful vetting of the site content by veterans of the southern freedom movement who are committed to having the history told accurately and thoroughly. I highly recommend crmvet.org for teachers and students alike. It will transform your own understanding of Civil Rights Movement history and as a result, it will also transform your teaching of this history.