How to Use This Website
This website is about the Civil Rights Movement of 1951-1968. We also call it
the "Freedom Movement. It was a period of protests and political
struggles thoughout America to to end racial segregation, win freedom from
race-based discrimination, oppression, and exploitation, and to gain voting
rights for all regardless of race.
Almost everything on this site was written by a veteran of that Freedom
Movement. This is where we who were there tell it like it was in our own
Search allows you to search the site
for specific materials. You can search by keywords, personal names, events,
locations, and so on.
Our site is organized into various sections, each with its own Table of
Contents (if we were in a building rather than on a website these might be
- Our Words. Articles and speeches about the
movement and its major events written or spoken by Movement participants at
- Photo Album. Photos, images, posters, and
art from the Southern Freedom Movement.
- Videos. Films and videos about
the Freedom Movement that reflect our "up-from-below" and "inside-out"
approach to documenting our history.
- Movement History & Timeline. Articles
describing Southern Freedom Movement events in chronological order.
- Movement Documents. Original documents from
Southern Freedom Movement including publications, organizing materials, press
releases, reports, plans, minutes, research, maps, contact list, etc.
- Reports & Letters From the Field.
Memos & reports to headquarters, letters home, and diaries from freedom
organizers and activists in the field.
- Our Stories. Oral-histories, personal
stories, narratives, interviews, and memories of individual freedom fighters.
- Discussions. Transcripts of group
discussions and panel presentations about the Freedom Movement by Movement
- Our Thoughts. Articles, essays, analyses,
and commentaries about the Freedom Movement and current events written by
Movement veterans in the years since.
- Nonviolence. Articles about
nonviolence then and now.
- Activist Roll Call. Names and contact
information of Southern Freedom Movement veterans, brief descriptions of when
and where they worked, and how the Movement affected their lives.
- Speakers List. List of movement activists
willing to speak to schools, churches, or other groups or answer questions.
Grouped by state.
- In Memory. List of movement veterans willing
to speak to schools, churches, or other groups or answer questions. Grouped by
- Poetry. Poems by about the Southern
Freedom Movement by movement activists and others. Poetry is one of our most
often visited sections.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Movement
activists provide brief answers to the questions most often asked by students
interested in the Civil Rights Movement.
- Web Links. Links to other Civil
Rights Movement websites.
- Bibliography. Listing of books, videos, and music
about the Freedom Movement.
- Archive. Old sections of the
website that are not currently active.
- About Us. Information about the website
and Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Acronyms Used on This Website
Students, teachers, and others are welcome to use our material for
non-commercial, educational purposes. Where appropriate, we request that you
cite this website as the source of material that you use.
Note that the copyrights to some articles and almost all of the
photographs are not owned by this website but rather by the original author or
photographer and we have no authority over those copyrights. See
Privacy & Copyrights for more information.