How to Use This Website

This website is about the Civil Rights Movement of 1951-1968 which we also call the "Freedom Movement" — a period of protests and political struggles thoughout America to win freedom from race-based discrimination, oppression, and exploitation, to end racial segregation, and to win 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 words.

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:

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.

For Teachers

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 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.

See also: Correct(Ed) Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Loewen (Tougaloo College)

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