Movement Bibliography
Film, Videos & Audio

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A Child Shall Lead Them: the Desegregation of Nashville's Public Schools (Magellan Press Films)

A. Phillip Randolph: for Jobs and Freedom. A documentary on the life and work of A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters which inspired the Civil Rights Movement. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

American Revolution of '63. NBC, 1991.

An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Taylor Street Films. 90mins.

At the River I Stand Documentary on the Memphis Garbage Strike 1968, and assasination of Dr. King.

Boycott. Story of Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Brother Outside: The Life of Bayard Rustin. The story of the civil rights and gay rights activist, pacifist, and friend of Martin Luther King. Aired as part of the PBS "POV" series.

The Children's March, by Tell the Truth Pictures, 2004. "When the youth of Birmingham, AL, took to the streets and challenged segregation, they launched a revolution — and changed the world. Can be obtained from: Teaching Tolerance.

Citizen King. The last 5 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Produced by PBS for the "The American Experience."

Counter Histories. Southern Foodways Alliance. Videos about the student sit-ins: Cambridge MD, Durham NC, Jackson MS, Nashville TN, Rock Hill SC.

Dream Deferred. SNCC, 1964. Produced for Freedom Summer. (No known copies)

Eyes on the Prize, Parts 1 and 2, by Blackside. Outstanding 14 hour documentary on the Freedom Movement, broadcast as part of PBS "American Experience."

The FBI's War on Black America. Examines COINTELPRO operations against the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

February 1. Chronicles the Greensborom NC student sit-ins in 1960 which sparked many similar actions across the country. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

For Us the Living, 1983. Anchor Bay Entertainment. Story of Medgar Evers. Screenplay by Ossie Davis. Starring Howard Rollins, Jr., Irene Cara, Laurence Fishburne, and Paul Winfield.

Freedom On My Mind, California Newsreel, 1994. The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s when a handful of young activists changed history.

Freedom Riders, Stanley Nelson ~ American Experience, 2010. Partially based on Ray Arsenalut's Freedom Riders.

Freedom Song (TNT Movie). Fictional account of the Movement in Mississippi in the early '60s. Closely based on actual events in McComb, 1961. Well researched, and powerfully presented. Danny Glover stars.

From Swastika to Jim Crow, Pacific Street Films, 2001. Story of German Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis to America and became professors at historically all-Black colleges in the South such as Tougaloo, Talladega, Hampton, and Howard. Shunned by Southern whites, threatened by the KKK, they played a role during the struggles of the 1950s and 60s.

Fundi, the Story of Ella Baker. First Run Features, 1981. By Joanne Grant. Bio & interviews with Ella Baker (NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, etc).

Go South, A film by Howard Rieder. At the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1964, a young white educator took his wife and two children to teach at Alabama's all-black Tuskegee University.
      Part 1 and Part 2.

Home of the Brave. About Viola Luizzo the only white woman murdered in the civil rights movement in America and why we don't know who she is.

Hoxie: the First Stand. After the Brown v. Board ruling, the head of the Hoxie, Arkansas school board moves to desegregate schools. Segregationists, often from outside the town, see this as an opportunity to foment oppositon. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

The Intolerable Burden, Directed by Chea Prince, Produced by Constance Curry. First Run Icarus Films. 2003. Based on Connie's book Silver Rights, the story of school integration in one rural Mississippi county.

The Long Walk Home. Miramax Films, 1991. Fictional account of Montgomery Bus Boycott. Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek.

Lulu and the Girls of Americus, by Titan Multimedia Productions. 50-minute documentary describing the imprisonment of adolescent girls for protesting segregation in Americus GA in 1963.

Mississippi — Is This America? 1962-1964, 1986. PBS.

Mississippi Summer: The Unfinished Journey. Films for the Humanities, 1993.

The Murder of Emmett Till. Story of the murder of the young boy from the north in Money, Mississippi. Produced by PBS for "The American Experience."

Negroes With Guns. The activism of North Carolina's Robert F. Williams who advocated armed self-defense against attacks on the Movement and the Black community. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

Passage at St. Augustine. An hour-long civil rights documentary on the historic St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, by AugustineMonica Films. Trailer can be viewed on Vimeo.

The Road to Brown. The story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement. California Newsreel.

Rise and Fall of Jim Crow 4-part series offering a comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. California Newsreel.

Rivers of Change The Legacy of Five Unheralded Women in Montgomery and Their Struggle for Justice and Dignity, by William Dickerson-Waheed Cosmo-D productions.

Scarred Justice: the Orangeburg Massacre 1968. Unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed by authorities during a protest against segregation in Orangeburg, South Carolina. One of the producers is SNCC veteran Judy Richardson. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

The Second American Revolution. Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Bill Moyers, 1994. PBS.

Selma, Lord, Selma. Film made from the book of the same name about Selma's "youngest freedom fighters," Sheyann age 8, and Rachel age 9.

Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change. (Alabama Public Television.)

Spies of Mississippi (PBS) Documents secret efforts of Mississippi Sovereignty Commission to undermine and destroy the Freedom Movement and their network of spies.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders. Film about the Movement in Mississippi from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it.

The Strange Demise of Jim Crow. In the early 1960's, the Movement and the white leadership of Houston, TX — unlike in some other places in the South — work together for a more orderly desegregation. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

The Vernon Johns Story (AKA The Road to Freedom: the Vernon Johns Story). Made for TV biopic of the early Movement leader. Stars James Earl Jones.

We Shall Overcome. Story of the song that became the anthem that set America marching towards racial equality. [Only sold to organizations, libraries, church groups, etc.]

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe. Emily Kunstler Sarah Kunstler, 2009. Biography of civil rights and radical attorney William Kunstler. Aired as part of the PBS "POV" series.


Leesburg Stockade, by Danny Lyon? Six-minute video recalling the imprisonment of adolescent girls for protesting segregation.

The Girls Of The Leesburg Stockade, by Georgia Public Broadcasting. Seven-minute video about the imprisonment of adolescent girls for protesting segregation in Americus GA in 1963.

Neshoba: The Price of Freedom The lynching of Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman and the struggle to bring their killers to justice.

Pursuing a Late Justice: the Prosecution of Mississippi's Civil Rights Murders. Video tape of forum at University of Southern Mississippi. Can be obtained from: Email: Bobs Tusa, $8.00.

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired. (YouTube. Documentary by two high-school students.)

SNCC Anniversary Conference. Video record of the conference speeches, presentations, freedom singing, and panel discussions. 38 DVDs available individually or as a collection. Can be obtained from: California Newsreel.

Stand for Freedom: The Life & Times of Willie B. Wazir Peacock 1:23 minutes
The story of Willie Peacock, one of the original SNCC field secretaries organzing in the Mississippi Delta. (YouTube video.)
     Excerpt emphasizing courage 7:13 minutes
     Excerpt on organizing 5:41 minutes
     Excerpt on the shooting in Greenwood 5:16 minutes

Stand-Ins: Standing for Civil Rights, 21 minutes. People's History in Texas documentary about nonviolent campaign against segregated theaters by University of Texas students. (YouTube video.)

Underground Railroad in Mexico, Video by the Colorline Project. 2004.

Music & Audio  

Conscience for Change: Massey Lectures (Audo cassetes), by Martin Luther King. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1967. Four recorded lectures and a sermon by Dr. King. Analysis of race & poverty, justice in America, U.S. politics, and why he opposed the Vietnam War. (See The Trumpet of Conscience for book version.)

Fannie Lou Hamer: Roots of Her Activism. (History Channel) (Audio)

Freedom in the Air: The Civil Rights Movement in Song. Six part PBS radio series on 3 tape cassettes. May still be available from: MediaWorks, 7831 Woodmont Ave, #320, Bethesda MD 20814, 301.570.6339.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Songs of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King (Audio Cassette), by Martin Luther King, Peter Holloran (Editor), Clayborne Carson. Warner, 1998.

Long Walk to Freedom: Reunion Concert.

Lyrical Freedom Riders. Song. Can be hear and obtained from:

Mississippi Becomes a Democracy. Story of voter registration, Freedom Summer, and the MFDP challenge in Atlantic City.

Movement Soul (Various Artists). Audio CD (2003). Live Recordings of Songs and Sayings from the the Civil Rights movement at a peak time from 1963 and 1964.

SNCC RealAudio (SNCC 1960-1966) Includes:
    # John Lewis describes his experience on the Freedom Rides
    # Julian Bond talks about the formation of SNCC
    # Bob Moses describes the Greenwood Voter Registration Project
    # Fannie Lou Hamer talks about registering to vote
    # Fannie Lou Hamer sings
    # John Winters talks about sit-ins
    # The SNCC Freedom Singers: Hold On
    # The SNCC Freedom Singers: We Shall Overcome

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement. Two CD set. Can be obtained from: Smithsonian Folkways. $23. Introduction by Bernice Johnson Reagan. Contains many of the SNCC Freedom Singers recordings.

We Shall Overcome, by Herb Boyd. Sourcebooks, 2004. Multimedia presentation of the Civil Rights Movement — text, pictures, and audio. Includes two audio CDs. ccc

Who Speaks for the Negro?. Archive of interviews including audio versions and copies of the correspondence, transcripts, and other printed materials.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?. Audio history of Civil Rights Movement in 5 Southern communities. Can be purchased from:

(Labor donated)