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Available in Bookstores, through Libraries, or online.
(Note that the recommended age ranges and grade levels shown here are
supplied by the publishers or taken from commercial book reviewers,
they are not based on any evaluation by this website. They are only a
rough guideline because the reading level of individual children vary
widely regardless of their age or grade.)
Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights
new resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement available on
Teaching for Change's website: www.civilrightsteaching.org. Provides lessons and articles
for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil
Rights Movement. Included in the book are interactive, interdisciplinary
lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics, and interviews.
Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's
Bittersweet Song, by Armstrong, Edwards, Roberson, and
Williams. Routledge, 2002. Perspectives on presenting the
movement in different classroom contexts. Includes sample syllabi
and detailed descriptions from courses that prove effective. For
high school and college teachers in history, education, race,
sociology, literature and political science.
For young readers:
Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack,
Gordon C. James (Illustrator). Viking Penguin, 2005. Nashville
sit-in movement as seen by a 10-year old girl. Recommended for:
The Assasination Of Martin Luther King
(American Moments Set II), by Alan Pierce. Abdo & Daughters
Publishing, 2004. (Ages 9-12)
Assassination of Medgar Evers (Library of
Political Assassinations), by Myra Ribeiro. Rosen Publishing
Group, 2001. Biography and overview of the role Medgar played in
the Movement, why he was killed by racists. Recommended for: Ages
Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, by Zita
Allen. Scholastic Library Publishing, 1996. The stories and bios of women
who led the Movement. Recommended for: Grade 6 & up
The Bridge at Selma: Turning Points in American
History, by Marilyn Miller. Silver Burdett Press, 1989.
Story of the Selma march with many photos. Recommended for:
Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case That
Transformed Television, by Kay Mills. University Press of
Mississippi, 2004. Struggle to revoke license of racist Jackson
MS television station WLBT.
The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and
Civil Rights Activism in the North, by Mary Lou Finley.
University Press of Kentucky, 2016. An alternative assessment of the
Chicago Freedom Movement by an activist that examines aspects beyond
just the open housing anti-slum protests including the North Shore
project, role of women, nonviolence training with youth, role of
music, the lead poisoning campaign, etc.)
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-
Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, by
Angela Joy (Author) Janelle Washington (Illustrator). Roaring Brook
Press, 2022. Picture book biography of the mother of Emmett Till, and
how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for
the civil rights movement. Ages 7-12
Church People in the Struggle: The National Council of
Churches and the Black Freedom Movement, 1950-1970, by James
Findlay. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Circle of Fire, by Evelyn Coleman. Pleasant Company
Publications, 2001. 12 year old girl foils plot by KKK to firebomb
Highlander Folk School and assasinate Eleanor Roosevelt. Recommended for:
ages 9 to 12.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, by Robert H. Mayer
(Editor). Greenhaven Press, 2004. Essays, articles, and history
of the act. Recommended for: Grades 9-12.
Civil Rights For Beginners, by Paul Von Blum
(author) & Frank Reynoso (artist).
For Beginners, 2016.
Graphic nonfiction that places the freedom movement of the 1950s-1970s in a
broad historical context.
Civil Rights Marches (Cornerstones of Freedom), by Linda
George and Charles George. Children's Press (CT) 2000. Recommended for:
Civil Rights Movement, by Sanford Wexler, Julian Bond
(Introduction). Facts on File, 1993. Recommended for: High school and young
adults. Story of the Movement using primary source material.
The Civil Rights Movement, by Jack E. Davis
(editor). Wiley-Blackwell, 2000. Collection of essays and documents.
Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21
Activities, Mary C. Turck. Chicago Review Press, 2000. Stories of the role
that children played in the Movement. Includes teaching activities.
Recommended for: ages 9 and over.
The Civil Rights Movement in America, by Elaine Landau.
Children's Press, 2003. Recommended for: Ages 9-12.
Civil Rights Movement in America From 1865 to the
Present, by Pat McKissack. Childrens Press (1987) Grades
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip M
Hoose. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (Young Adult)
The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long
Road to Forgiveness, by Jim Auchmutey. Public Affairs, 2015.
School desegregation, racism, and a courageous white ally in Americus
Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the
Civil Rights Movement, by Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Oxford
University Press, 2011.
Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock
Nine by Eileen Lucas, Mark Anthony (Illustrator). Lerner
Publishing Group, 1997. Easy reader introduction to the civil
rights movement and race relations through retelling of the
Little Rock story. Recommended for: Grades 1-3.
Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the
Mississippi Delta after World War II, by Françoise N.
Hamlin. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Dare to Dream, by Angela Medaris & Ann Rich. Penguin
Putnam, 1999. Biography of Coretta Scott King and her participation in
Civil Rights Movement. Recommended for: grades 3-5.
Day Martin Luther King Jr. Was Shot, Photo History of
Civil Rights Movement, by James Haskins. Scholastic, 1991. History of
Civil Rights Movement from slavery to death of Dr. King in text and photos.
Recommended for ages: 9-12.
Days of Courage: The Little Rock Story
Richard Kelso, Mel Williges (Illustrator). Raintree Publishers,
1992. Story of the of the "Little Rock Nine" and the integration
of Central High. in 1957. Recommended for ages: 8-12.
Ella Baker: A Leader Behind the Scenes, by
Shyrlee Dallard. Silver Burdett, 1990. Ages 9-12
Eddie's Ordeal (NEATE book #4), by Kelly
Starling Lyons. Just Us Books, 2004. Story of a 13-year-old
young man and his civil rights veteran father who struggle to
understand each other and find common ground. Recommended for
Evicted! The Struggle for the Right to Vote,
by Alice Faye Duncan. Astra Publishing House, 2022. Story of Black
sharecroppers in Fayette County, Tennessee, who were evicted from their homes
for trying to vote in the late 1950s. Grades 6-8.
Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those
Who Died in the Struggle, by Sara Bullard. Oxford University Press,
1993. History of the struggle from slavery times to the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960s. Developed in conjunction with the "Teaching
Tolerance" project of the
Southern Poverty Law
Center. Recommended for: Ages 9-12.
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own
Stories, by Ellen Levine. William Morrow &
Company, 1993. First-person accounts of 30 young Freedom Movement activists
from the 50's and 60's. Recommended for: Grades 6-12.
Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro
, by Carole Boston Weatherford and Jerome
LaGarrigue (Artist). Dial, 2004. Picture book about the sit-ins
from the perspective of a little girl. Recommended for:
Freedom Song: Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil
Rights, by Mary C. Turck. Chicago Review Press, 2008.
(Includes CD of freedom songs by the Chicago Children's Choir).
Recommended for Grades 6-9.
Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice, James Haskins,
Hyperion Books for Children, 1995. Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the
Civil Rights Movement, by Ann Bausum. National Geographic Children's
Books (2005) Grade Level: 5-9
Freedom Songs, by Yvette Moore. Orchard Books, 1991.
Recommended for: Young Adult. Historical novel set in 1963 about
days of the Movement. Story of a teenage Brooklyn girl who travels to the
South and confronts segregation. (Teen) (May be difficult to find copies.)
Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles, Jerome
Lagarrigue. Atheneum, 2001). Freedom Summer as seen through the
eyes of two children, one Black, one white. Recommended for: Ages
Going to School During the Civil Rights Movement, by
Rachel Koestler-Grack. Blue Earth Books. Daily life of children in school
under segregation and the during the Movement. Recommended for: Ages 9-12.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean
Marzollo. Scholastic (big edition), 1995. For ages 3-7.
I Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King.
Scholastic 1997. The text of the famous speech illustrated by 15
Coretta Scott King Award-winning artists. Recommended for: Ages
I Have a Dream (Voices of Freedom), by Karen
Price Hossell. Heinemann, 2005. Recommended for ages 4-8.
I Have A Dream , by Jim Haskins. Millbrook Press, 1992.
Biography of King, his achievements, and the Movement. Includes excepts
from King's speeches, sermons, etc. Recommended for: Ages 4-8.
I Have a Dream: The Story Behind Martin Luther King
Jr.'s Most Famous Speech (America in Words and Song), by
Kerry Graves. Chelsea Clubhouse, 2004. Recommended for ages 4-8.
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, by Faith
Ringgold. Alladdin Paperback, 2002. The bus tells the Rosa Parks story to a
young girl. Recommended for: ages 5 to 9.
If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, by .
Ellen Levine, Anna Rich, Scholastic 1994. Overview of Civil Rights Movement
with art Q/A format teaching what it was like to participate in some of the
historic events. Recommended for: 9-12.
Jim Crow Laws and Racism in American History,
by David K. Fremon. Enslow Publishers, 2000. (Recommended for
Just Like Martin, by Ossie Davis. Puffin Books, 1994.
Fictional account of young boy and the Movement. Recommend for ages 10 to
King, by Ho Che Anderson. Sagebrush Education
Resources, 2002. Three volume biography of Dr. King in "comics"
format. Recommended for young adult and adult.
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom
Fighters, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Stephen Alcorn
(Illustrator). Gulliver Books, 2000. Bios of ten heroic Black
women from Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm struggle for
causes from abolition, to women's rights and civil rights. Grades
Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown V. Board of
Education Decision, by Joyce Carol Thomas and Curtis
James. Jump At The Sun, 2003. Collection of stories, memoirs, and
poems about the history and impact of Brown v. Board of
Education. Recommended for grades 6-12.
Leon's Story, by Leon Tillage and Susan Roth
(illustrator). Farar, Strauss, & Giroux, 2000. Personal story told by
sharecropper's son of life in the segregated south and the coming of the
Movement. Recommended for ages: 8-12.
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights
Movement and the Emergence of BlackPower, by Ann Bausum. National
Geographic Children's Books (2017)
Grade Level: 7-9
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You
Grow Weary, by Elizabeth Partridge. Viking, 2009. Describes
the role of school children in the Selma Voting Rights Campaign and
the March to Montgomery. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil
Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours, by Ann
Bausum. National Geographic Children's Books (2012) Grade Level: 7-9
Marching Toward Freedom 1957-1965: From the Founding of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to the Assassination
of Malcom X (Milestones in Black American History) by
Robert Weisbrot. Chelsea House Publications, 1994. From the
lunch-counter sit-ins to the March to Montgomery, tells the story
of the Movement. Recommended for: Grades 6-12.
The March From Selma to Montgomery: African Americans
Demand the Vote, by Jake Miller. PowerKids Press, 2004.
Recommended for: Ages 4-8.
The March on Washington, by James Haskins. Just
Us Books, 2004. Recommended for ages 9-12.
March On Washington, 1963 (Spotlight on American
History), by Tricia Andryszewski. Millbrook Press, 1996.
Illustrated description of the march, the participants, and the
history that led up to it. Recommended for: Ages 9-12.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., by Doreen Rappaport. Hyperion Books, 2001. Picture-story
biography of Dr. King with many quotations. Recommended for: Ages
5 to 9.
Martin Luther King, by Rosemary Bray. Wm Morrow, 1996.
Illustrated biography of Dr. King. Recommended for ages: 5 to 8.
Martin Luther King Jr and the March on Washington, by .
Frances Ruffin, Stephen Marchesi. Grosset & Dunlap; 2000. Background &
story of the march and King's speech. Recommended for: Grades 1-3.
Mississippi Challenge, by Mildred Pitts Walter.
Simon & Schuster, 1992. Story of struggle for civil rights by
Blacks in Mississippi from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.
Ages 11 - Young Adult.
Murder on the Highway: the Viola Liuzzo Story, by
Beatrice Siegel. Simon & Schuster 1994. Ages 12 and up. Hard to find.
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers, by Christine
King Farris, Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator). Simon & Schuster, 2002.
Recommended for: Stories of Dr. King as a boy and young man as
described by his older sister. Ages 4-8.
My Dream of Martin Luther King, by Faith Ringgold.
Bantam, 1998. Picture book bio of Dr. King through a child's dreaming.
Recommended for: ages 5 to 8
Nation in Turmoil, Civil Rights and the Vietnam War
(1960-1973), by Gene Brown. 21st Century Books, 1995. Primary source
material on Civil Rights and Anti-War movements. Recommended for: 12 and
The 1963 Civil Rights March (Landmark Events in
American History), by Scott Ingram. World Almanac Library,
2004. Recommended for Ages 9-12.
The 1963 March on Washington: Speeches and Songs for
Civil Rights, by Jake Miller. PowerKids Press, 2004.
Recommended for: Ages 4-8
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for
Freedom, by Walter Dean Myers. HarperTrophy, 1991. Uses
stories and struggles of individuals to illustrate of broader
historical movements. Ages 11-Young Adult.
Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the
People Who Made It Happen, by Casey King and Linda Barrett Osborne.
Econo-Clad Books, 1997. Elementary school children interview Movement
participants. Recommended for: grades 4 to 8.
Rosa Parks (Childhood of Famous Americans), by
Kathleen Kudlinski and Meryl Henderson. Aladdin, 2001. Age Level: 8
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr., by David
Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator). Holiday House, 1991. Illustrated
biography of Dr. King for young readers. Recommended for: ages 4-9.
The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock
Nine, by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin.
Clarion Books, 2004. Biography telling of the struggle to
integrate Central High. Photographs & primary source material.
Recommended for: grades 6-11.
Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a
Movement, by Camilla Wilson. Scholastic, 2001. Story of Rosa Parks
& Montgomery Bus Boycott. Recommended for: Ages 9-12
Rosa Parks: My Story, by Rosa Parks, James and Jim
Haskins. Puffin, 1999. Rosa Park's own story of her life and
struggle in the Freedom Movement. Recommended for: Ages 9 to
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition, by Jeanne Theoharis and Brandy Colbert. Beacon Press 2021. Corrects the
myth of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who spontaneously performed a
single act that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and birthed the modern
Civil Rights Movement. Portrays her decades of activism and bold politics and
shows how the Freedom Movement in which she was leader radically
sought — for more than a half a century — to
expose and eradicate the racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public
services, and criminal justice. Middle-Grade & Young Adults.
Remember Little Rock: The Time, the People, the
Stories, by Paul Robert Walker. National Geographic Children's
Books, 2009. Ages 9-12
Selma, Lord, Selma, Sheyann Webb and
Rachel West Nelson. University of Alabama Press, 1980. Memoir of Selma's
"youngest freedom fighters," Sheyann 8 and Rachel 9.
Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides: The Power of Nonviolent
Resistance, by Jake Miller. PowerKids Press, 2004.
Large-print, easy-to-read book with photo illustrations. Covers
Montgomery Bus Boycott, Greensboro Sit-ins, and Freedom Rides.
Recommended for: Grades 2-4.
Stand up For Your Rights, by Children from all
over the World. Two-Can Publishers, 2000. Children from many
countries describe in their own words and pictures the importance
to them of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Grade 9-
Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles. Scholastic,
1995. Illustrated story of 6 year old Ruby Bridges, the first African-
American child to integrate the New Orleans schools system in defiance of
racist attackers. Recommended for: Grades 1-3.
10 True Tales: Young Civil Rights Heroes, by Allan Zullo,
Scholastic Inc, 2014. Stories from the Freedom Movement focusing on young foot
soldiers of the struggle. Ages 8-12 years.
They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from
Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and
Malcolm X, by Jules Archer. Viking Books, 1993.
There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil
Rights, by Milton Meltzer. Random House, 2002. Overview
of struggle for equality by American Blacks from slavery time to
curret day. Ages 10-Young Adult.
Through Angel's Eyes, by Steve Theunissen. Strategic
Book Publishing, 2012. Novelization of the Birmingham campaign
("Childrens Crusade") through the eyes of a 13 year old African
American girl. For Young Adults.
Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges, Margo Lundell.
Scholastic, Inc. 1999. Story of (and by) Ruby Bridges who at age 6 was the
first Black child to integrate a public school in New Orleans. Recommended
for: ages 8-11.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma
Voting Rights March, by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Dial, 2015.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil
Rights Movement, by Carole Boston Weatherford. Candlewick
Press 2015. Beautifully illustrated story of Mrs. Hamer and the
Movement for upper elementary and middle school age children.
We Shall Overcome: Heroes of the Civil Rights
Movement, by Fred Powledge
Simon & Schuster, 1993. (Young Adult)
We Shall Overcome: The History of the American Civil
Rights Movement, by Reggie Finlayson. Lerner Publishing
Group, 2002. Uses freedom song lyrics and speeches to structure
the history and show the emotional power that underlay the
Movement. Grades 5-10.
Witnesses to Freedom, Young People Who Fought for Civil
Rights, by Belinda Rochelle. Dutton, 1993. Stories of young people
who made a difference, Central High in Little Rock, Montgomery Bus Boycott,
Sit-ins, etc. Recommended for grades: 5-8.
Available in Bookstores, through Libraries, or online.
Aaron Henry: The Fire Ever Burning, by Aaron Henry,
Constance Curry. University Press of Mississippi, 2000. Personal story and
narrative of Mississippi Movement leader Aaron Henry who fought the hard
fight in the deep Delta, was jailed more than 30 times, and was a leader in
the formation of COFO and the MFDP.
A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African
American GIs, and Germany, by Maria Hvhn and Martin Klimke.
Palgrave MacMillan, 2010
A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC, by Cheryl
Lynn Greenberg (Editor). Rutgers University Press, 1998. On the
occasion of the SNCC's 25th anniversary, activists and historians
reflect together on the civil rights movement and its meanings
and on SNCC's place in American history.
Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, by
John Leiws. Legacy Lit, 2012. Recollections, insights, wisdom and principles
drawn from a lifetime of fighting for justice and meaningful change. Winner of
the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work/Biography.
Acts of Resistance: A Freedom Rider Looks Back on the Civil Rights
Movement, by Judith Frieze Wright. Apple Bay Publishing, 2019. A
memoir of one person's experience in Mississippi during the early sixties.
Africana: Civil Rights, by Kwame Anthony
Appiah, Henry Louis Gates. Running Press Book Publishers.
Overview, history, and background of the civil rights movement.
African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in
Arkansas, by Johnny E. Williams. University of Mississippi
Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round:, A Coming of age story
and a personal account of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg,
Mississippi, by Anthony J Harris. CreateSpace Independent Publishing
All is Never Said: The Narrative of Odette Harper
Hines, by Judith Rollins. Temple University Press, 1995. Oral
history of the life of a woman who housed CORE workers at her home in
Alexandria, Louisiana in 1964 and '65.
Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the
Fate of Black Schools in the South, by David S. Cecelski. The
University of North Carolina Press, 1994. Story of the 1968-69 school
boycott in Hyde County.
Along Racial Lines: Consequences of the 1965 Voting
Rights Act, by David M. Hudson. Peter Lang Publishing,
1998. History, background, & interpretations of the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 and its amendments.
American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the
Underclass, by Douglas Massey, Nancy Denton. Harvard
University Press, 1994.
American Civil Rights Movement Readings and
Interpretations, by Raymond D'Angelo, McGraw-Hill, 2001. Extensive
collection of primary and secondary documents of the American Civil Rights
The American Negro Revolution: From Nonviolence to
Black Power, 1963-1967. , by Benjamin Muse. Indiana
University Press, 1968. RARE.
American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow, by
Jerrold M. Packard. St. Martin's Press, 2001.
An Act of Conscience, by Len Holt. Beacon Press
(1965). First-hand account of the 1963 Danville VA movement and the
savage repression against it by civil rights attorney and activist Len
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther
King, by William F. Pepper. Verso, 2002. Argues that
King's assassination was a plot involving the highest levels of
government, the military, state and federal law enforcement and
organized crime. The author knew MLK and was one of James Earl
Ray's defense attorneys.
An End to Silence; the San Francisco State College Student Movement in the '60s, by William Barlow & Peter Shapiro. Pegasus, 1971. Student protests & strike for
Ethnic Studies and nonwhite admissions, by participants. [Hard to find]
An American Insurrection: James Meredith and the Battle
of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962, by William Doyle. Anchor,
2003. Story of the bloody battle to integrate University of
Mississippi ("Ole Miss").
And All Our Wounds Forgiven: A Novel, by Julius
Lester (a Freedom Movement veteran). Arcade Publishing, 2011.
And Gently Shall He Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil
Rights in Mississippi, by Eric Burner. University Press, 1994.
History of Movement in MS, focusing on Bob Moses.
And the Crooked Places Made Straight, by David
Chalmers. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. On the wider impact of
the civil rights on values and society.
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down An
Autobiography, by Ralph David Abernathy. Harper & Row,
And We Are Not Saved: A History of the Movement As
People, by Debbie Louis. The Press at Water's Edge, 1997.
Movement history between 1959-1965 with a focus on the young people
who initiated and sustained it.
Anne Braden Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches,
1947-1999, Ben Wilkins, editor. Monthly Review Press, 2022.
Representative collection of Braden's writings, speeches, and letters,
covering the full spectrum of her activism: from the relationship between race
and capitalism, to the role of the South in American society, to the political
function of anti-communism.
Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in
Arkansas, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and John A. Kirk.
University of Arkansas Press, 2011. Collection of articles, firsthand
testimonies, and historical documents that chronicle the history of
SNCC's Arkansas Project from 1962 to 1967.
At Canaan's Edge America in the King
Years 1965-68, by Taylor Branch. Simon & Schuster, 2006.
Volume Three of Pulitzer Prize winning history of the Movement.
Including the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, the March to
Montgomery, Black Power, the Meredith March, Chicago Campaign,
anti-Vietnam War, and more. See also Parting
the Waters and Pillar of
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and
Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks
to the Rise of Black Power, by Danielle L. McGuire. Knopf,
2010. Examines racial sexual violence and exploiration in the context
of racial injustice and the Civil Rights Movement's fight for freedom.
Atlanta Georgia, 1960-1961: Sit Ins and Student
Activism (Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights
Movement, Vol 9), by David J. Garrow (Editor). Carlson Pub, 1989.
At the Funeral of Medgar Evers in Jackson,
Mississippi, by James E. Jackson. Publisher's New Press,
1963. "A tribute in tears and a thrust for freedom." RARE.
Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier
for Civil Rights, by Thomas Armstrong and Natalie Bell. HCI,
2011. The story of a freedom foot soldier, a son of the Jim Crow
South, and his struggle to restore rights of citizenship that have
been taken from his ancestors.
At the River I Stand: Memphis, the 1968 Sanitation
Strike and Martin Luther King, Jr., by Joan Turner
Beifuss. Saint Luke's Press, 1990. RARE.
The Moving Walkway and The Making of a Felon Autobiographies of a
Black Couple of the Greatest Generation, by Norma L. and William G.
Anderson with Pat Grauer. Self-published, 2004. Memoir and narrative by two
leaders of the Albany Georgia Movement.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, by
Martin Luther King, Clayborne Carson (editor). Warner Books,
2000. Postumous autobiography compiled from Dr. King's writings
and papers by Carson.
The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy
Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches, by
Myrlie Evers-Williams (Editor), Manning Marable (Editor). Basic
Civitas Books, 2005.
A Walk to Freedom: The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and
the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights,
1956-1964, by Marjorie L. White. Birmingham Historical
Society, 1998. Narrative, recollections, photos, and newspaper
stories about ACMHR & Rev. Shuttlesworth. RARE.
Backfire: How the Ku Klux Klan Helped the Civil Rights
Movement, by David Chalmers. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
Profiles KKK history and terrorism of past 50 years, the legal
attack against the Klan by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and
eventual decline of the Klan, and the new white-supremacist
groups now replacing the Klan.
Black Fire This Time,
by Kim McMillon (editor), Ishmael Reed (forward). Aquarius Press/Willow Books,
2022. Anthology collection celebrating the roots and legacy of the Black Arts
Movement by sharing stories and creative works from legends of both the Civil
Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement.
Barefootin': Life Lessons from the Road to Freedom,
by Unita Blackwell & Joanne Prichard Morris. Crown, 2006.
Autobiography of Mississippi Movement leader Unita Blackwell who in
1964 "Went from cotton picker to full-time freedom fighter."
HARD TO FIND.
Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader, by Amy Polakow. Linnet
Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas, by Grif
Stockley. University Press of Mississippi, 2012.
The Battle of Ole Miss: Civil Rights v. States'
Rights, by Frank Lambert. Oxford University Press, 2010.
Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the
Black Freedom Struggle, by Laurie Green. Univ. of North
Carolina Press, 2007.
Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement, by
Daniel Levine. Rutgers University Press, 1999. Scholarly
biography covering Rustin's public & private persona in light of
his struggles as a gay Black man as an activist.
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights
Movement, by James Haskins. Biography of Bayard Rustin and his key
role in the Movement.
Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen: A Biography,
by Jervis Anderson. University of California Press, 1998. RARE.
Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed
the Course of Civil Rights, by Doug Jones. All Points Books, 2019.
Bending Toward Justice: the Voting Rights Act and the Transformation
of American Democracy, by Gary May. Basic Books, 2013. History of the
VRA and current day threats to nonwhite voting rights.
Beneath the Image of the Civil Rights Movement and Race
Relations: Atlanta, GA 1946-1981, by Paul Finkelman,
David A. Harmon. Taylor & Francis, Inc. 1996. Civil Rights
Atlanta from end of WWII to 1980. Contrasts the image Atlanta
tried to project with the underlying realities. RARE.
Better Than Them: The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist,
by S. McEachin Otts. NewSouth Books, 2014. The journey of a white
Greensboro Alabama teenager who was affected by the Civil Rights
Movement, causing him to examine and reject white racism.
Beyond Atlanta: The Struggle for Racial Equality in
Georgia, 1940-1980, by Stephen G. N. Tuck. University of
Georgia Press, 2003.
Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in
a Southern Town, by Phil Noble. NewSouth 2003. First-hand
account of desegregation and civil rights in Anniston, Alabama.
Beaches, Blood, and Ballots, A Black Doctor's Civil
Rights Struggle, Gilbert R. Mason, M.D., with James Patterson Smith.
University Press of Mississippi, 2000. A frontline memoir from the Biloxi
physician who fought to bring civil rights justice to the Mississippi Gulf
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, & Southern
Christian Leadership Conference, David Garrow. William
Morris, 1986. Extensively researched biography of Dr. King and
history of SCLC.
Before His Time: The Untold Story Of Harry T. Moore,
America's First Civil Rights Martyr, by Ben Green.
University Press of Florida, 2005. Story of Florida NAACP leader
and his wife who led successful voter-registration campaigns and
were assasinated by racists in 1951.
Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed
a Nation, by Clarence B. Jones & Stuart Connelly. Palgrave
Macmillan, 2012. Story of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" as
told by one of Dr. King's closest companions and advisors.
Behold the Walls, by Clara Luper. Jim Wire, Oklahoma City,
1979. Personal memoir of NAACP pioneer Clara Luper who led lunch-counter
sit-ins in Oklahoma City in 1958 before the famous Greensboro sit-in. RARE.
HARD TO FIND.
Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000, by Adam
Fairclough. Penguin, 2002. Overview of struggle by Black Americans to achieve
civil rights and equality after the collapse of Reconstruction.
A Bill Becomes a Law: Congress Enacts Civil Rights
Legislation, by Daniel M. Berman. MacMillan, 1966. RARE.
The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights
Act, by Clay Risen. Bloomsbury Press, 2014.
Birmingham's Revolutionaries: Fred Shuttlesworth
ACMHR, by Marjorie L. White and Andrew M. Manis, editors.
Mercer University Press. Analysis, research papers, & essays from
Birmingham Historical Society symposium.
Black Jacob, by Bill Mahoney. Macmillan Company,
1969. Fiction by a Freedom Movement veterans. RARE.
Black In Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut,
by J. L. Chestnut & Julia Cass. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Biography of Selma Movement leader J.L. Chestnut.
Black Maverick: T. R. M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and
Economic Power, by David Beito, Linda Royster Beito.
University of Illinois Press, 2009. Biography describing Howard's life
and struggles in Mississippi and elsewhere.
Black Parties and Political Power: A Case
Study, by Hardy T Frye. G. K. Hall (1980) RARE
Black Power, by Richard Wright. Dobson (1956).
Black Power and the American Myth, by C.T.
Vivian. Fortress Press, 1970. RARE.
Black Power Ideologies: An Essay in African-American
Political Thought, by John T. McCartney. Temple
University Press, 1993 (Reissue).
Black Power Imperative: Racial Inequality and the
Politics of Nonviolence, by Theodore Cross. Faulkner
Books, 1987. RARE.
Black Power: The Politics of Liberation (in
America), by Charles Hamilton, Kwame Ture (Stokely
Carmichael). Vintage, 1992 (Reissue).
Black Power: Radical Politics and African American
Identity, by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar. Johns Hopkins
University Press, 2005. Part of Reconfiguring American Political
The Black Power Revolt, by Floyd B. Barbour
(editor). Porter Sargent Publishers, 1968. RARE.
Black Protest: 350 Years of History, Documents, and
Analyses, by Joanne Grant. Ballantine Books, 1996.
Documentary history by Movement activist Joanne Grant of three
and one half centuries of Black-American protest and agitation.
Black Protest in the Sixties, by August Meier, John
Bracey Jr, Elliott Rudwick eds. Markus Wiener Publishing, 1991.
Black Religious Intellectuals: The Fight for Equality from
Jim Crow to the 21st Century, by Clarence Taylor. Routledge,
Black Theology and Black Power, by James H.
Cone. Orbis Books, 1997 (Reprint).
Black, White, and Catholic New Orleans Interracialism,
1947-1956, by Bentley Anderson , S.J. Vanderbuilt
University Press, 2005. Story of integration of Catholic schools
and orders in city of New Orleans.
Black Workers' Struggle for Equality in
Birmingham, by Horace Huntley, David Montgomery, and
Odessa Woolfolk. University of Illinois Press, 2004. Annotated
interviews of participants in the Civil Rights Movement collected
by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern
Town, by Jack Shuler. University of South Carolina Press,
2012. Account of the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968 and its aftermath.
Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's
Black Belt, by Hasan Jeffries. NYU Press, 2009. Story of SNCC
organizing in Lowndes County, the Lowndes County Freedom Organization
(LCFO), and the emergence of Black Power.
A Blues Song of My Own, by
Joyce Russell Terrell. CASI Publishing, 2009. Written by a young woman who
integrated an all-white high school in Prince William County, tells the story
of the Russell family's struggle for justice. Hard to find, but can be ordered
www.casipublishing.com, or by mail from:
PO Box 442
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
Bound for Freedom; an Educator's Adventures in Prince Edward County,
Virginia, by Carol Lynn Sullivan, Neil V. Maynard, Thomas LaSalle &
Yellin. Little, Brown & Co; 1965. RARE.
Bridge Across Jordan: The Story of the Struggle for
Civil Rights in Selma, by Amelia Boynton. Carlton Press,
1979. First-hand account of the Selma Movement by Movement leader
Amelia Boynton. RARE.
Bridge of the Single Hair, by
Candida Lall Pugh. Langdon Street Press, 2011. Fictional account of Freedom
Ride based on author's personal experience.
Bridging the Gap: Continuing the Florida NAACP Legacy
of Harry T. Moore, by Robert W. Saunders. University of
Tampa Press, 2000.
Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man, by Hollis
Watkins. Sankofa Publishing, 2016. Personal memoir of a long-term SNCC
organizer from Mississippi.
Brown v Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the
Constitution, (Landmark Law Cases and American Society),
by Robert J. Cottrol, Raymond T. Diamond, Leland B. Ware, Leland
Ware. University Press of Kansas, 2003. Explores both the history
and cultural context of the Brown decision. Highlights the role
of the NAACP.
Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone
and Its Troubled Legacy, by James T. Patterson. Oxford
University Press, 2002.
Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights
Movement, by Michael J. Klarman. Oxford University Press,
Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the
Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia, by
Jill Ogline Titus. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Bus Ride to Justice: Changing the System by the System:
The Life and Works of Fred D. Gray (Revised edition), by Fred Gray,
NewSouth Books, 2013. Autobiography of Alabama Movement lawyer,
preacher, politician, & legislator. Lawyer for Rosa
Parks, Dr. King, Selma to Montgomery March, and victims of the
Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1932-1972).
Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider, by Charles
Person and Richard Rooker. Charles Person
St. Martin's Press 2021. Gripping personal narrative by the youngest of the
original 13 Freedom Rider who endured the racist violence in Alabama.
But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil
Rights Struggle, by Glenn T. Eskew. University of North Carolina
Press, 1996. Detailed historical examination of Birmingham struggle in
1950s and 1960s.
By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners, by
Margaret Burnham. W.W. Norton & Company, 2022. Investigation of Jim Crow-era
racial violence, the legal apparatus that sustained it, and its enduring
legacy. If the law cannot protect a person from a lynching, then isn't
lynching the law?
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr.
Martin Luther King, by Kris Shepard, Andrew Young,
Clayborne Carson. Warner Books, 2002.
Call to Selma, by Rev. Richard D. Leonard. Skinner House
Books, 2001. First-hand account of the crises in Selma as experienced by
one of the "outside" ministers who came to Selma to witness for justice
after the attack on the Edmund Pettus bridge. RARE.
Carry It On: the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights
Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972, by Susan Youngblood
Ashmore. University of Georgia Press, 2008.
Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation, by John Lewis.
Grand Central Publishing, 2021. Collection of final reflections and words of
Carry Me Home: Birmingham Alabama, Climactic Battle of the Civil
Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter. Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Sympathetic history of the Birmingham struggle of 1963 from the white side
of the color line.
A Case of Black and White: Northern Volunteers and the Southern
Freedom Summers, by Mary Rothschild. Bloomberg Press,
Centers of the Southern Struggle: FBI Files on Selma,
Memphis, Montgomery, Albany, and St. Augustine, by David
J. Garrow, Martin P. Schipper, Michael Moscato. University
Publications of America, 1988. RARE
Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers: Memories of
Mississippi 1964-65, by Jim Dann.
Baraka Books, 2013.
Personal account of a Civil Rights Worker's 15 months in Sunflower Couty MS
Challenging U.S. Apartheid: Atlanta and Black Struggles for Human
Rights, 1960-1977, by Winston A. Grady-Willis, Duke University
The Children, by David Halberstam. Fawcett Book Group,
1999. The early days of the Movement, Nashville sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and
the lives of key activists since then.
The Children Bob Moses Led (Novel), by William
Heath. Milkweed Editions, 1997. Fictionalized account of Freedom
The Children Coming On : A Retrospective of the Montgomery Bus
Boycott, by Willy S. Levanthal. Black Belt Press, 1998. RARE
Children of the Movement, by John Blake.
Lawrence Hill Books, 2004. The Sons and Daughters of Martin Luther
King Jr., Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, George Wallace, Andrew Young,
Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, James Chaney, Elaine
Brown, and others reveal how the Civil Rights Movement tested and
transformed their families.
Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, N.C. and the
Sruggle for Freedom, by William Henry Chafe. Oxford
University Press, 1990. Story of the Movement in Greensboro beginning with the
first sit-in and continues up through the 1980s.
Civil Rights: The 1960s Freedom Struggle, by Rhoda
Blumberg. Macmillan, 1991. Overview of the Movement. RARE.
Civil Rights Childhood, by Jordana Y. Shakoor.
University Press of Mississippi, 1999. Memoir of the Movement era by the
daughter of Mississippi NAACP leader and teacher Andrew L. Jordan.
Civil Rights Chronicle (The African-American Struggle
for Freedom), by Clayborne Carson (Foreword), Myrlie
Evers-Williams (Editor), Mark Bauerlein (Editor), Todd Steven
Burroughs, Ella Forbes, and Jim Haskins. Publications
International, 2003. Photo-essay, coffee-table sized book
convering the Civil Rights Movement, from slavery to the present
Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South, by
Clarice Campbell. University Press of Mississippi, 1997. Letters from
school teacher studying & teaching in deep south during the Movement years.
Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the
Black Freedom Struggle, by Steven Lawson. Univ. Kentucky
Civil Rights History From the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a
National Movement, by Emilye Crosby (Ed). University of
Georgia Press, 2011.
Civil Rights Journey, Joseph Howell. Authorhouse, 2011.
Story of a White Southerner Coming of Age during the Civil Rights .
The Civil Rights Movement (Seminar Studies in
History), by Bruce J. Dierenfield. Longman, 2004.
The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory, by
Renee Christine Romano (Editor), Leigh Raiford (Editor). University of
Georgia Press, 2006.
The Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary Reader, by John
Kirk, editor. Wiley Blackwell, 2020. Focusing on documents, provides a wide
range of primary sources, commentary, and perspectives presenting an in-depth
exploration of the multiple facets and layers of the movement.
Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History 1954-68, by
Steven Kasher. Abbeville Press, 2000. Movement photo collection with text
by Movement participants. Forward by Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives, by
Michael Ezra. ABC-CLIO, 2009.
Civil Rights Movement: References & Resources, by Paul
Murray. Macmillan Reference, 1993. Bibliography and annotated literature
review of the Movement. RARE.
The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative
History, by Bobby L. Lovett. Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2005
Civil Rights, the White House, and the Justice
Department: Securing the Enactment of Civil Rights
Legislation, by Michal R. Belknap (Editor). Garland
Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge
Maryland, by Peter Levy. University Press of Florida, 2003.
Detailed history and analyses of the Cambridge movement.
The Civil Rights Movement and the Logic of Social
Change, by Joseph E. Luders. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
(Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
The Civil Rights Revolution: Events and Leaders,
1955-1968, by Frederic O. Sargent. McFarland & Company, 2004
Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement
(Blacks in the Diaspora), by Jack M. Bloom. Indiana University
Press, 1987. Scholarly examination of the class roots and aspects
of the white racist system in the South, and the interaction of
race and class within and on the Movement. A sophisticated study,
recommended primarily for specialists in the field.
Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings
of Jack O'Dell, by Jack O'Dell. University of California
Press. January 2010. Anthology of Movement-related writings by a
central — though unsung — Freedom
Movement activist and editor of Freedomways magazine.
Code name "Zorro": The murder of Martin Luther
King, by Mark Lane. Prentice-Hall, 1977. Aruges that
there was a conspiracy behind Dr. King's assasination. RARE.
The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret
Wars Against Dissent in the United States, by Ward
Churchill, Jim Vander Wall. South End Press, 2001. Includes much
material on the FBI's persecution and sabotage of the Movement.
The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race
Relations in the Global Arena, by Thomas Borstelmann.
Harvard University Press, 2003. Examination of how the Cold War
intersected with the final destruction of global white supremacy
with focus on the two Souths Southern Africa and
the American South.
Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American
Democracy, by Mary L. Dudziak. Princeton University
Press, 2002. Analyzes impact of Cold War foreign affairs on U.S.
civil rights reform and how international relations affected
domestic issues. Interprets Civil Rights Movement as a Cold War
feature and argues that the Cold War helped facilitate social
reforms, including desegregation.
Coming of Age in Mississippi, by Anne Moody.
Publishing, 1975. Powerful story in her own words of a Mississippi civil
The Coming Free, by David Rubel. DK Publishing
Group (Penguin), 2005. Chronicle of history of Black freedom
struggles with many photos.
Compromised Compliance: Implementation of the 1965
Voting Rights Act, by Howard Ball, Dale Krane, Thomas P.
Laut. Greenwood Press; Reprint edition, 1982
Conspiracy: The Truth Behind Martin Luther King's
Murder, by William Pepper. Harper Collins, 1996. Argues
that James Earl Ray was a fall guy, and that King was murdered by
a conspiracy involving the FBI, CIA, Army intelligence, the
mafia, and the Memphis police force. Pepper was chief counsel for
James Earl Ray in Ray's appeal of his conviction.
Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James
Karales, by Julian Cox, Rebekah Jacob, Monica Karales.
University of South Carolina Press, 2013.
CORE: A Study in the Civil Rights Movement
1942-1968, August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, Oxford Univ Press,
Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the
Right to Vote, by Gordon A. Martin. University Press of
Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed
America, by Frye Gaillard, University of Alabama Press, 2004. The
Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers,
Activists, & Quiet Lovers of Justice, by Si Kahn, Executive Director
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010. A practical guide to community organizing,
the first three chapters describe the authors work with SNCC in Forrest City,
Crisis and Compromise the rescue of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act, by Robert Kimball. River Grove Books, 2021. First-hand account of
the legislative struggle in Congress to enact the Civil Rights Act.
Crisis at Central High, Little Rock, 1957-58 by
Elizabeth Huckaby. Louisiana State University
Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King,
Jr, by L.D. Reddick and Derryn Moten. Reissued by New South Books,
2018. First biography of Dr. King originally written in 1959 and now reissued.
Daybreak of Freedom, by Stewart Burns.
University of North Carolina, 1997. A history of the boycott that
includes original documents, court transcripts, news articles,
and other materials.
The Deacons for Defense and Justice: Defenders of the
African American Community in Bogalusa, Louisiana During the
1960's, by Gray L. LaSimba. Four-G Publishers, 2000. Rare and
hard to find.
Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights
Movement, by Lance Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
History of the Deacons' civil rights activity and organizing in Louisiana
Debating the Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1968, by Steven
Lawson & Charles Payne. Roman & Littlefield, 1998. Two scholars examine the
individuals and events of the movement.
A Decisive Decade: An Insider's View of the Chicago Civil Rights
Movement during the 1960s, by Robert B McKersie. Southern Illinois
University Press, 2013. A first person activist account of the Windy City's
Civil Rights Movement debates, boycotts, marches, and negotiations.
Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights,
1919-1950, by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore. W. W. Norton,
2008. Account of social justice movements and campaigns in the
South before the advent of the Freedom Movement of the 1960s.
The Devil Has Slippery Shoes; a Biased Biography of the
Child Development Group of Mississippi, by Polly Greenberg.
Doris Derby: A Civil Rights Journey, by Doris Derby. Mack
Books. 2021. Photo and narrative autobiography by long-time SNCC veteran.
Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah
al-Amin, by H. Rap Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin). Lawrence
Hill Books, 2002. Autobiography and political statement of SNCC
Chairman and Black Power advocate.
Direct Action and Desegregation, 1960-1962, by James
H. Laue. Carlson Publishing, 1989. Toward a Theory of the
Rationalization of Protest. Hard to find.
Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in
the Age of Civil Rights, by Pete Daniel. Univ. of North Carolina
Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights
Movement, by Carol Posgrove. Norton, 2001. Critical
examination exposing the timid lack of support for the Movement on the
part of American
Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights
in Mississippi, by Mark Newman. University of Georgia
Press, 2003. Initiated by the National Council of Churches, the
Delta Ministry eventually became one of the largest and most
active Movement organizations in Mississippi.
Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,
by Peter Levy. Greenwood Press, 1992. RARE.
Down Home, Camden, Alabama, by Bob Adelman.
Quadrangle, 1974. Photo book about Gees Bend and Wilcox County at the
time of the Freedom Movement. HARD TO FIND.
Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the
Meredith March Against Fear
, by Aram Goudsouzian. Farrar Straus
& Giroux. 2014.
A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954
to 1968, by Diane McWhorter. Scholastic, 2004.
Dream: Martin Luther King, JR. and the Speech That Inspired a
Nation, by Drew D. Hansen. HarperCollins, 2003. Story of the events
leading up to Dr. King's speech to the March on Washington in 1963,
its effect, and how its meaning has affected the nation.
Echo in My Soul, Septima Clark. Dutton, 1962.
Autobiography of dedicated civil rights activist and "Citizenship
School" founder. RARE.
The Education of a Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights
Activist's Journey, 1959 — 1964, by D'Army
Bailey. LSU Press, 2009.
Education of a Harvard Guy [play], by Dr. Curtis
Williams. Dramatic play based on John Perdew's memoirs of the Freedom
Movement in Americus and Albany, Georgia, 1963-66 (see above).
An Easy Burden: the Civil Rights Movement and the
Transformation of America, by Andrew Young. Harper Collins,
1996. First person account of an SCLC leader.
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical
Democratic Vision, by Barbara Ransby. North Carolina Press, 2003.
Biography of the Movement leader (NAACP, SCLC, and SNCC).
Ella Baker: Freedom Bound, by Joanne Grant. John
Wiley & Sons. 1998. Account of Ella Baker and her central role in the
Ella Baker and the SNCC: Grassroots Leadership and Political
Activism in a Nonhierarchical Organization, by Joan Charles.
(VDM Verlag, 2009.
Emmett Till in Different States: Poems, by Philip C. Kolin.
Third World Press, 2015. Spanning over 60 years, the poems focus on Till's
murder, the heinous trails of his murderers, and his legacy as not just a
Civil Rights Martyr but as a powerful choric voice.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled
the Civil Rights Movement, by Devery S. Anderson, forward by
Julian Bond. University Press of Mississippi, 2015. Comprehensive
study of the case up to the present including the recent FBI
Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi's Dark
Past: A Memoir, by W. Ralph Eubanks. Basic Books, 2003.
Memoir of growing up in Mount Olive, Mississippi, in the 1960s.
An Eyewitness History of the Civil Rights Movement, by
Sanford Wexler. Facts on File, 1999. First hand accounts of the Movement.
Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the
African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, by
Carol Anderson. Cambridge University Press, 2003. Describes
effort to use the U.N. in the fight against segregation and
inequality in the U.S. in period before Montgomery Bus Boycott,
and analyzes the difference between struggling for human rights
versus concentrating solely on civil rights.
Eyes on the Prize, Juan Williams. Viking, 1987.
Companion volume to the PBS TV series of the same name documenting the
Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1965.
Eyes on the Prize, Documents, Speeches, and First Hand Accounts
from the Black Freedom Struggle. Viking Penguin, 1991. Large
compilation of primary source material Edited by Clayborne Carson, David
Garrow, Darlene Hine, Vincent Harding, and Gerald Gill.
Everybody Says Freedom, Pete Seeger & Bob Reiser.
Norton, 1989. History of the Civil Rights Movement in songs, pictures, and
Faces of Freedom Summer The Photographs of Herbert
Randall. Compiled by Bobs Tusa. University of Alabama Press, 2001. Photo
collection from Freedom Summer 1964.
Fannie Lou Hamer: From Sharecropping to
Politics, by David Rubel. Silver Burdett, 1990. RARE.
Farewell to Innocence: A Socio-Ethical Study on Black
Theology and Black Power, by Allan Aubrey Boesak. Orbis
Books, 1977. RARE.
The FBI and Martin Luther King Jr., by David Garrow.
Viking Penguin, 1983. Documents Hoover's racist obsession and persecution
of Dr. King and the Movement. RARE.
Fear Not the Fall, by Billie Jean Young. New South, 2004.
Poetry collection and play about Fannie Lou Hamer about the tradition of
struggle, resistance, and survival common to generations of women descended
from African slaves.
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle
for the Great Society, by Julian E. Zelize. Penguin Books, 2015.
The Fight for Freedom; A Memoir of My Years in the Civil Rights
Fight for freedom; the story of the NAACP, by Langston
Hughes. Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1962. Out of Print, may be hard to
Fifty-Eight Lonely Men: Southern Federal Judges and School
Desegregation, by Jack Walter Peltason. University of Illinois
Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil
Rights, by Clive Webb. University of Georgia Press, 2001.
Scholaraly analysis of the reaction to by Southern Jews to the
Civil Rights Movement and the roles they played in it.
Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took
on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, by Wayne Greenhaw. Lawrence
Hill Books, 2011.
Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voice of Freedom
Summer, by Jacqueline Johnson, editor. Miami University Press,
2013. Focused on the two trainings for Freedom Summer volunteers held
at Western College for Women.
Fire at the Freedom House, by Matt Rinaldi. Self-published,
2021 (available for order on Amazon and at bookstores). Personal memoir of a
white activist working Attala County, Mississippi, in 1966 under the
organizing direction of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) led by
Lawrence Guyot and Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer.
A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of
Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, by Andrew
Michael Manis. University of Alabama Press, 1999. Biography of
the Birmingham Movement leader.
The Fog Machine, by Susan Follett. Lucky Sky Press, 2014.
Adult historical novel set during the Civil Rights Movement of 1954-1964 and
Freedom Summer in Mississippi. (Suitable for grades 10-12)
For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, by
Chana Kai Lee. University of Illinois Press, 2000. Thorough,
For a Voice and the Vote, My Journey With the Mississippi Freedom
Democratic Party, by Lisa Anderson Todd. University Press of
Kentucky, 2014. A Freedom Summer voter registration volunteer memoir with
focus on MFDP convention challenge.
For Us the Living, by Myrlie Evers and William Peters.
Doubleday, 1967. Story of Medgar Evers fight for justice as seen by his
wife Myrlie. (Later made into the movie
For Us the Living.) RARE.
Free At Last? The Civil Rights Movement and the People Who Made
It, by Fred Powledge. Movement history by a journalist who covered
the story for the Atlanta Journal and New York
Freedom Bound: History of the American Civil Rights
Movement, by Robert Weisbrot. Dutton/Plume, 1991.
Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time
of Jim Crow, by Thad Sitton, James H. Conrad, Richard
Orton. University of Texas Press, 2005.
Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, by
Courtney Pace. University of Georgia Press, 2019. Bio of the renowned SNCC
leader and gender and religion pioneer.
Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the
Fight for Civil Rights, by Tananarive and Patricia
Stephens Due. One World/Ballantine, 2003. The Freedom Movement in
Florida as lived by a Freedom Family — CORE
activist Patricia, Movement attorney John, and FAMU student
activist (and later novelist) Tananarive Due.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the
Mississippi Civil Rights Movement,. By Susan Erenrich (ed). Black
Belt Press, 1999 & 2021. Large compilation of valuable original source
material on Civil Rights Movement.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: The Mississippi Civil
Rights Movement and Its Legacy, by Kenneth T. Andrews.
University of Chicago Press, 2004. Scholarly examination of the
Movement in Mississippi and its impact, social, and political
Freedom is Never Free: Biographical Portrait of E. D.
Nixon, by Lewis Baldwin, Office of Minority Affairs,
Tennessee General Assembly (1992) RARE.
Freedom Is Not Free, 45 Days in the Leesburg
Stockade..., by LuLu Westbrooks Griffin. Heirloom Publishing,
1998. Story of one of the girls held without trial in the Leesburg GA
stockade for protesting in
Americus GA in 1963. RARE and hard to find.
Freedom & Justice: Four Decades of the Civil Rights
Struggle As Seen by a Black Photographer of the Deep
South, by Cecil J. Williams. Mercer University Press,
1995. Photo essay on Southern segregation and the Freedom
Movement. Strong photos and first-person narrative. Author's
website: Moments of Grace.
Freedom's March: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement in
Savannah, Frederick C. Baldwin and Telfair Museum of Art.
University of Georgia Press, 2008.
The Freedom Rides and Alabama: A Guide to Key Events and
Places, Context, and Impact, by Noelle Matteson. NewSouth
Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark, by
Katherine Mellen Charron. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Biography of one of the great un-sung heroines of the Freedom
Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the
South, 1940-1980, by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard
(Editors). Macmillan, 2003. Examines the Black social and civil
rights movements outside the South and the place of race in
Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights
Movement in Kentucky, by Catherine Fosl and Tracy E. K'Meyer.
The University Press of Kentucky, 2009. (Kentucky Remembered: An Oral
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, by
Jerome Lagarrigue. Puffin, 2007.
Freedom Ride, James Peck. Grove Press, 1962. First hand
account of the original Freedom Rides by a CORE activist. RARE.
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial
Justice, by Raymond Arsenault. Oxford University Press,
USA 2006. Get on the Bus! Freedom Riders. Detailed
and powerful history of the Freedom Rides and riders.
Freedom Song, Mary King. William Morris, 1987. Personal
story of SNCC activist Mary King.
Freedom Summer, Sally Belfrage. Viking Press, 1965.
First-hand, personal account of the 1964 Freedom Summer in
Freedom Summer, Doug McAdam. Oxford Press, 1968.
Analysis of the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. RARE.
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn
and Made America a Democracy, by Bruce Watson. Viking, 2010.
Describes the overall Freedom Movement in Mississippi, history of the
Mississippi Summer Project, and includes personal stories of more than
Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle Against
Racism in America, 1909-1969, by Gilbert Jonas. Taylor &
Francis, Inc. 2004. The first sixty years of the NAACP by an
author who worked with the NAACP for more than 50 years.
Freedom Walk: Mississippi or Bust, by Mary Stanton.
University Press of Mississippi, 2003. Story of slain Civil Rights Movement
martyr Bill Moore and his Freedom Walk.
Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights
Movement 1830-1970, by Lynne Olson. Scribner, 2001. History of
women's participation in the movement.
The Free Men, by John Ehle. Press 53 (reissue,
2007). 1963 Chapel Hill, NC, protests.
The Free Southern Theater: A Documentary of the South's
Radical Black Theater, ..., by Thomas C. Dent and Richard
Schechner. Bobbs-Merrill, 1969. RARE
Freshwater Road, by Denise Nicholas. Agate,
2005. Novel depicting a Freedom Summer volunteer in Mississippi
1964. The author herself participated in Freedom Summer as part
of the Free Southern Theatre.
From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King,
Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice, by Thomas F.
Jackson. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Explores Dr.
King's political evolution, his increasing radicalization, and
understanding that poverty and racism are fundamentally problems
of power, requiring massive political mobilization on behalf of
economic as well as civil rights.
From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and
the Struggle for Racial Equality, by Michael J. Klarman.
Oxford University Pressm, 2003. Account of constitutional law
concerning race and how, and whether, Supreme Court decisions
From the Mississippi Delta, by Endesha Mae Holland.
Simon and Schuster, 1997. Hard to Find. Autobiography of SNCC member
and freedom fighter.
From Selma to Sorrow: Life & Death of Viola Luizzo, by
Mary Stanton. Univ. Georgia Press, 2000. Biography of the Civil Rights
worker who was murdered by the KKK during the Selma to Montgomery march.
She is the only white woman honored at the Civil Rights Memorial
at Montgomery AL.
From Sit-ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in
the 1960s, by Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies (editors).
University Press of Florida, 2012.
From Southern Wrongs to Civil Rights: The Memoir of White
Civil Rights Activist, by Sara Parsons. University of Alabama
Press, May 2000. Story of a Southern woman's political journey.
Gender in the Civil Rights Movement
(Crosscurrents in African American History), by Peter Ling and
Sharon Monteith. Garland Publishing, 1999. Anthology of essays by
scholars examining the interaction between gender and race within
the Movement and its legacy.
The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of
Education to Stall Civil Rights, by Anders Walker. Oxford University
Ghosts of Medgar Evers, A Tale of Race, Murder,
Mississippi, and Hollywood, by Willie Morris. Random
House, 1998. Story of Medgar's murder and the making of Ghosts
of Mississippi the movie about the assasination and the
reopening of the case.
Ghosts of Mississippi: The Murder of Medgar Evers, the
Trials of Byron De LA Beckwith, and the Haunting of the New
South, by Maryanne Vollers. Little Brown, 1995. The
background of race, culture, class, & personality behind Medgar's
murder; the two acquittals, the conviction in 1994.
Ghosts of Mississippi: The True Story, by
Maryanne Vollers. Back Bay Books, 1996. Story of Medgar's murder
and the trials of assasin Byron de la Beckwith.
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in
America, by Michael Waldman. Simon & Schuster, 2016. History of the
long struggle to win voting rights for all citizens.
God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, by
Charles Marsh. Princeton University Press, 1997. Examination of role
religion played in lives of SNCC workers, KKK, and local people.
Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin
Luther King's Last Campaign, by Michael Honey. W. W.
Norton, 2007. Labor activist and historian describes the strike
and King's effort to build a new mass movement to push beyond
civil rights to economic justice for the poor and working class.
Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights
Movement, by Debra Schultz & Blance Cook. New York University
Press, 2002. Oral histories and analysis of Freedom Movement activists.
Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic
Studies, SF State. A Memoir, by Juanita Tamayo Lott. Eastwind Books of
Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table, by Julian Bond.
Forbes, 2000. Extensive history & analysis of the Movement by
Julian Bond. RARE.
The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and
the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care, by John
Dittmer. Bloomsbury Press, 2009. Story of the courageous MCHR doctors,
nurses, and health professionals who cared for the injured and
struggled for justice and health-care equality during Freedom Summer,
Selma, the anti-war movement, Chicago, Alcatraz, Wounded Knee, and
Great Courage, by Anthony E. Amerson. What's Your
Story, 2004. Biography of Lucius D. Amerson, the first Black sheriff
elected in the South since reconstruction, in racially charged Macon
The Great Pool Jump: & Other Stories from the Civil Rights Movement
in Southwest Georgia, by Peter Lissovoy (editor/author). You Are
Perfect Press, 2010. Personal stories and memories from the Freedom Movement
in Georgia by four dedicated activists. (See The
Great Pool Jump for review.) Available from the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Lost Nation Rd.
Lancaster, NH 03584
Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in
America, by Jeanne Theoharris and Komozi Woodard. NYU
Press, 2005. Essays on grassroots civil rights activism in the
post-WWII period. Covers both Southern & Northern arms of the
The Hand of Esau: Montgomery's Jewish Community And the
1955/56 Bus Boycott, by Mary Stanton. River City
The Hands of Peace: A Holocaust Survivor's Fight for Civil Rights in
the American South, by Marione Ingram. Skyhorse , 2015. Story of a
Jewish Holocaust escapee and survivor's support for the American Freedom
Movement and experience as a Freedom School teacher during Mississippi Freedom
Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in
SNCC, by SNCC women. University Of Illinois Press, 2010.
Testimonies of fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old,
urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous
personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White, by William
Sturkey. Harvard University Press, 2019. The Movement era as seen through both
Black and white eyes.
Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story, by Charles Evers &
Andrew Szanton. Wiley, 1997.
He Slew the Dreamer: My Search, With James Earl Ray,
for the Truth About the Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
, by William Bradford Huie. Black Belt Press, 1997.
Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement: White
Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses, by
Peter Wallenstein. University Press of Florida; First edition,
2008. History/analysis of desegregation of major Southern
universities and the continuing struggles for academic change.
History of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, 1955-1965: the Evolution of a Southern Strategy for
Social Change by Eugene P Walker. University Microfilms
International, 1980. RARE.
Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the
Movement, by Vincent Harding. Orbis Books, 1990. Series
of essays by Movement veteran Vincent Harding on how the Civil
Rights Movement affected all aspects of American life.
Hope's Kids: A Voting Rights Summer, by Alan Venable. One
Monkey Books, 2017. Written by a Movement activist, describes Brandeis
University's 1965 SCLC-SCOPE project in South Carolina
The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights
Movement, by Richie Jean Jackson. University Alabama Press, 2011.
First-hand account of Selma voting rights struggle from inside the home where
the national-level leaders lived and met.
Hosea Williams: A Lifetime of Defiance and Protest,
by Rolundus R. Rice. University of South Carolina Press, 2022. Comprehensive
biography of SCLC leader Hosea Williams that traces his journey from a local
activist in Savannah Georgia to a national leader of the Freedom Movement and
one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s chief lieutenants. Forward by Andrew Young.
Howard Zinn On Race, by Howard Zinn. Seven Stories
Press; Reprint edition 2011. Articles and essays by Movement activist
and historian Howard Zinn.
How Long? How Long? African-American Women and the Struggle
for Civil Rights, by Belinda Robnett. Describes centrality of
women's leadership in the Movement.
I Am a Man: Photographs of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation
Strike & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by Memphis
Commercial Appeal staff. Memphis Publishing Company, 1992.
I Have Never Lived
in America, by
David Dukes. Vantage Press, 2013. Personal account of sit-ins and protests in
Florida and their aftermath. RARE.
I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King
Jr, Michael Dyson. The Free Press, 2000. Biography of Dr. King
emphasizing the radical core of his political beliefs.
I Will Not Be Silent and I Will Be Heard: Martin Luther
King, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
J. Tracy Power, Judith M. Brimelow. South Carolina Department of
Archives & History, 1993. RARE.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the
Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by Todd S. Purdum. Henry Holt
and Co., 2014
If It Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK,
and States' Rights in St. Augustine, 1964, by Dan Warren.
University Alabama Press, 2008. Story of the struggle in St.
Augustine written by a Florida official who played a pivotal role
in the events.
If White Kids Die, Memories of a Civil Rights Movement
Volunteer, by Dick J. Reavis. Univ of
North Texas Press, 2001. Story of a summer project volunteer and the
movement in Demopolis Alabama.
If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education
Program in the CRM, by Dorothy F. Cotton. Atria Books, 2012.
First-hand account of the little-known but hugely important and influentical
Citizenship Education Program (CEP) started by the Highlander Center and
continued by SCLC.
In a Madhouse's Din: Civil Rights Coverage by Mississippi's Daily
Press, 1948-1968, by Susan Weill. Praeger Publishers, 2002.
Chronicles the fight to desegregate Mississippi as reported by local
In Memphis: More Than a Garbage Strike, by J.
Edwin Stanfield. Southern Regional Council, 1968. RARE.
In the Mule Train: A Journey of Hope
Remembered, by Roland Freeman. Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.
Photo documentation of the journey by more than 100 people from
Marks MS to Washington DC by mule train to participate in the
1998 Poor Peoples Campaign. RARE.
In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma, by
Bernard LaFayette & Kathryn Lee Johnson. University Press of Kentucky,
2013. First-hand account of Selma voting rights struggle.
In the Shadow of Selma: The Continuing Struggle for
Civil Rights in the Rural South, by Cynthia Griggs
Fleming. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004. Story of the
Civil Rights Movement in rural Wilcox County, Alabama.
In a Single Garment of Destiny": A Global Vision of Justice
(King Legacy) by Martin Luther King,, by Lewis V. Baldwin and
Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Beacon Press, 2013.
In the Struggle Against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the
NAACP, 1900-1957, by Merline Pitre. Texas A&M University
In Struggle, SNCC and the Black Awakening of the
1960's, Clayborne Carson. Harvard University Press, 1981. History
of SNCC from the sit-ins and freedom rides through community organizing,
Freedom Summer, to Black Power and dispersal.
The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the
Murder of Viola Liuzzo, by Gary May. Yale University
Interviews With Civil Rights Workers from the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), by Stanford
University Project South Oral History Collection. Microfilming
Corp. of America (1975) RARE.
Inside Agitators: White Southerners in the Civil Rights
Movement, by David L. Chappell, Johns Hopkins University
Interviews With Civil Rights Workers from the Congress
of Racial Equality (CORE), by Stanford University Project
South Oral History collection). Microfilming Corp. of America,
It's in the Action: Memories of a Nonviolent Warrior, by
C.T. Vivian with Steve Fiffer. NewSouth Books, 2021. Personal memoir and
observations by one of the key central figures in the Freedom Movement. From
student sit-ins to the Freedom Rides to the battles for voting rights and a
fair share of political and economic power, C.T. Vivian was on the ground in
It Was Never About a Hotdog and a Coke: A Personal Account
of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle
Saturday, by Rodney L. Hurst Sr. WingSpan Press, 2008. Part memoir,
part history and part biography, provides an in-depth look at those persons
whose lives and actions helped make Jacksonville and America what it is today.
I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and
the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, Charles Payne. Univ of Calif
Press, 1995. Rather than focusing on a series of public events, this
excellent book describes the internal workings of how the Freedom
Movement in Mississippi was organized from the grassroots up over a
long period of time. It depicts the Movement from the inside looking
out, rather than from the outside looking in. Highly recommended.
Jackson, Mississippi: An American Chronicle of Struggle and
Schism, by John Salter [AKA Hunter Gray, Hunterbear]. New updated and
expanded edition. Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2011. First-hand
account of the Jackson MS grassroots movement of 1961-63 and the assassination
of Medgar Evers.
Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson, by
Marshall Frady. Random House, 1996.
Jim Crow and Me: Stories from My Life as a Civil Rights
Lawyer, by Solomon S. Seay, Delores R. Boyd. NewSouth Books,
2009. Stories and accounts of civil rights courtroom battles by one of
the few Black attornies in Alabama during the 1960s.
Jim Crow Guide: The Way It Was, by Stetson
Kennedy. Florida Atlantic University Press, 1990.
Journey From Jim Crow: The Desegregation of Southern
Transit, by C.A. Barnes. Columbia University Press, 1983. HARD
Journey Toward Justice: Juliette Hampton Morgan And the
Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Mary Stanton. University of
Georgia Press, 2006.
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther
King, Jr, and the Laws That Changed America, by Nick
Kotz. Houghton Mifflin Company. Interaction and relationship
between King and LBJ around passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964
and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Julian Bond: Black Rebel, by John Neary.
William Morrow, 1971. RARE.
Julian Bond: Black Rebel, by John Neary. William Morrow &
Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights
Movement, by Julian Bond, Danny Lyon, Pamela Horowitz, & others.
Beacon Press (January 2021). History & analysis of the Freedom Movement
based on Julian's course lecture notes and his personal insights.
Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to
Civil Rights, by Jane Elizabeth Dailey, Bryant Simon
(Editor), Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore (Editor). Princeton University
Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court, by Orville
Verson Burton and Armand Derfner (NAACP civil rights lawyer). Harvard
University Press, 2021. A comprehensive account of the Supreme Court's
race-related cases and rulings.
Keeping the Dream Alive: A History of SCLC from King to
the Nineteen-Eighties, by Thomas R. Peake. Peter Lang
Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination
of Martin Luther King, by Gerald L. Posner. Random House,
1998. Argues that Ray was the lone assasin and that there was no
King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop, by Harvard
Sitkoff. Hill and Wang, 2007. King biography that emphasizes
King's radical message, not just ending segregation and combating
racisim, but also anti-war and economic justice.
King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr,
by Bob Adelman and Charles Johnson. Viking Studio, New York, 2000
The Lake Effect, by Bill & Terry Monnie. A Snowy Day
Publishing, 2014. How the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War affected
two brothers, one a civil rights worker the other a soldier.
Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators
Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church
Bombers, by T.K. Thorne. Chicago Review Press, 2013. Story of
the case of the Sixteenth Street Church bombing in Birmingham, AL ast
old from the point of view of the investigators.
Last Crusade: MLK, FBI, & Poor People's
Campaign, by Gerald D. McKnight, Westview Press, 1998. Poor People's
Campaign, Resurrection City, and the FBI's campaign against King and the
The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the
Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation, by Stephen Haynes.
Oxford University Press, 2012.
Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil
Rights Movement, by James Farmer, Texas Christian
University Press, 1998. Personal story of the CORE leader and one
of the major figures of the Movement.
Legacy of a Freedom School, by
Sandra Adickes. Palgrave Macmillan,
2005. Movement veteran Sandra Adickes recalls her experiences
working with the SNCC.
Lessons From Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building
Extraordinary Movements, by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold,
Sylvia Braselmann. Courage Press. 2008.
Lessons from Little Rock, by Terrence Roberts
Butler. Center for Arkansas Studies, 2009.
Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance
Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986, by J.
Todd Moye. University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Let Us March On!. Selected Civil Rights Photographs
of Ernest C. Withers 1955-1968, by Ronald Baily and Michelle Furst.
Massachusetts College of Art, 1992.
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil
Rights Movement, by Janet Dewart Bell. The New Press, 2018
A Life In The Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of
Opposition, by George Lipsitz. Temple University Press, 1995.
Hard to find.
Life Is More than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little
Rock's Central High, by Will Counts (writer &
photographer), Will Cambell, Ernest Dumas, Robert McCord. Indiana
University Press, 1999. Photos and essays by journalists who
covered the Little Rock crises in 1957 and followed the long
Like a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964, by Nicolaus Mills.
Ivan Dee Inc, 1990. History of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom
Summer project. RARE.
Like a Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August
28, 1963, by Patrik Henry Bass. Running Press Book
Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil
Rights Movement, by Patricia Sullivan. New Press, 2009.
A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle
in Claiborne County, Mississippi, by Emilye Crosby.
University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Explores the impact of
the African American freedom struggle in one Mississippi county
and a Supreme Court case defending the use of an economic boycott
as a tool for social justice.
Living in the Shadows of a Legend: Unsung Heroes and
Sheroes Who Marched With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by
Deric A. Gilliard. Gilliard Communications, 2002. Twenty personal
stories of rank & file Movement workers written by an SCLC staff
Local People: the Struggle for Civil Rights in
Mississippi, by John Dittmer. University of Illinois Press, 1995.
The Movement in Mississippi from the point of view of the local people who
lived it. Winner of Lillian Smith Book Award, McLemore Prize, and Bancroft
The Long Haul: An Autobiography, by Myles Horton &
Judith and Herbert Kohl. Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk
School. Teachers College Press, 1997
A Long Night, Ellen Douglas. Nouveau Press (Mississippi
Civil Liberties Union). Narration of the racist riot against Jame
Meredith's integration of University of Mississippi ('Ole Miss').
The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir by Daisy
Bates. University of Arkansas Press, 1987. NAACP
leader Daisy Bates' account of the battle to integrate Central
High in 1957.
Longest Debate: A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act, by Charles Whalen, Barbara Whalen. Seven
Locks Press, 1984. RARE.
The Long Walk at San Francisco State,
and Other Essays, by Kay Boyle. Grove Press, 1970. 1968-69 BSU/TWLF
student strike for nonwhite admissions and ethnic studies. Rare hard to find
Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest Georgia Freedom
Struggle, 1814-2014, by Lee Formwalt, ACRI/GHC 2014. History
of the 200-year southwest Georgia freedom struggle beginning in 1814
and continuing today.
Look Out, Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your
Mama!, by Julius Lester.
Grove Press, 1969. RARE.
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by
John D'Emilio. Free Press, 2003. Biography of Bayard Rustin. The organizer
of the March on Washington (1963), an
advisor to Dr. King, a teacher of Gandhian nonviolence, and one of the
original motivating leaders of the Movement.
Lunch at the Five and Ten, by Miles Wolff.
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher, 1990. History of the Greensboro sit-ins.
The Making of Black Revolutionaries, Jim Forman.
University of Washington Press, September 1997 (originally published 1972).
Autobiography and movement history by SNCC Chairman Jim Forman.
The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights
Movement, by Brian Ward and Tony Badger. NYU Press, 1996.
Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the
South, 1890-1940, by Grace Elizabeth Hale. Random House,
Man from Macedonia: My Life of Service, Struggle, Faith, and
Hope, by Rev. Aaron Johnson. WestBowPress, 2010. Autobiography
of sharecroppers son who became a minister, led sit-ins, and became a
Freedom Movement leader in North Carolina.
Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and
Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia, by J. Douglas Smith.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America
, by Wesley C. Hogan. University of North Carolina Press,
2007. History and analysis of SNCC, SNCC's role in the Freedom
Movement, and the influence of SNCC on subsequent movements for
progressive social change.
March: Books One, Two, and Three, by John Lewis and Andrew
Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf Productions, 2013-2016.
Graphic-novel format memoir by John Lewis recounting the history of the first
five years of the Civil Rights Movement and his participation in it from the
1960s sit-ins and Freedom Rides to Freedom Summer, the Selma Voting Rights
Campaign, and passage of the Voting Rights Act.
March Memories: A True Reflection of Time, Then and Now!, by
Geraldine Hollis. AuthorHouse, 2014. Personal memoir of Geraldine Edwards
Hollis and the Tougaloo
Nine's attempt to desegregate the Jackson Mississippi public library in
March On Washington: August 28, 1963, Thomas Gentile. New
Day Publications, 1963. Detailed history and analysis of events leading up
to the march and the march itself. RARE.
The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten
History of Civil Rights, by William P. Jones. W.W. Norton &
The March on Washington: Uniting Against Racism, by
Robin Doak. Compass Point Books, 2007. Ages 11 and up.
Marks Mississipi, Martin Luther King, and the
Origin of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign Mule Train, by Hilliard
Lawrence Lackey. Town Square Books, 1999. RARE.
Martin Luther King, by Adam Fairclough.
University of Georgia Press, 1995. Biography of Dr. King.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, by
Bruce Hartford. Westwind Writers, 2012. [Kindle Book]
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Companion: Quotations from
the Speeches, Essays, and Books, by Martin Luther King,
Coretta Scott King, (editor). St. Martin's Press, 1993.
Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero, by
Vincent Harding. Orbis Books, 1996. The forgotten legacy of MLK,
the meaning of his life today, and the ambiguous messages
surrounding the official celebration of his birthday.
Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther
King Jr., by Clayborne Carson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
The Martinsville Seven: Race, Rape, and Capital
Punishment, by Eric W. Rise. Univ. of Virginia Press.
Describes the trial, and campaign to save from execution, seven
Black men accused of raping a white women in Virginia.
The Measure of a Man, by Martin Luther King.
Pilgrim Press, 1959. Selection of Dr. King's early sermons.
Medgar Evers, by Michael Vinson Williams. University
of Arkansas Press, 2011. Definitive biography.
Medgar Evers (Melrose Square Black American
Series), by Jennie Brown. Holloway House Publishing Company,
Memoirs Of A Revolution Experience Through Poetry And Poems, by LuLu Westbrook Griffin. Page Publishing Co, 2022. The personal story
of a young activist in Southwest Georgia during the height of 1960s Freedom
Movement who was held for 45 days in the infamous Leesburg stockade.
A Memoir of the New Left: The Political Autobiography of Charles A.
Haynie, edited by Aeron Haynie & Timothy Miller. University of
Tennessee Press, 2009. Freedom Rides & Fayette County TN movement.
Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement,
Danny Lyon, Foreword by Julian Bond. University of North Carolina Press, 1992.
Republished by Twin Palms in 2010 including a new afterward. Danny Lyon was
the SNCC photographer who covered many of the major Freedom Movement campaigns
and projects. This is his narrative and a collection of some of the most
moving and powerful images to come out of the Movement. (See also
Lyon's website, Bleak Beauty.
The Memphis Multi-Media Archival Project: The 1968
Sanitation Workers' Strike, by David G Yellin. Final
report to the National Endowment for the Humanities (J.W. Brister
Library monograph series). RARE.
Memphis Workers Fight: The City Sanitation Workers'
Strike, by Fred Lacey. New England Free Press (1969).
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock
Central High School, by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa
Frazier. Ballantine, 2009.
Minds Stayed On Freedom, by Youth of the Rural
Organization And Cultural Center. Westview Press, 1991. Inteviews with
Freedom Movement participants conducted by teenagers in Holmes County
Miracle in Birmingham: A Civil Rights Memoir
1954-1965, by W. Edward Harris. Stonework Press, 2004.
Birmingham struggle as seen through the eyes of a sympathetic
white-liberal reporter. Hard to find.
Mississippi & After: A Life in Equal Justice Law, by Gil
Venable. One Monkey Books, 2020. Print & eBook. Memoir of a law student
assisting the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Jackson,
MS — and how that summer shaped his life.
Mississippi Black Paper, by COFO. Random House 1965.
Collection of sworn affidavits collected as evidence in the civil suit brought
against Neshoba (MS) county Sheriff Rainey for the lynching of James Chaney,
Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy
Administration, 1960-1964: A History in Documents, by James P.
Marshall. Louisiana State University Press, 2018. A Freedom Movement veteran
traces through government documents the Kennedy Administration's response to
the Mississippi Movement.
Mississippi: The Closed Society, by James W. Silver.
University Press of Mississippi, 1964 (reprint 2012). Eye-witness account of
the violent white insurrection over admission of James Meredith to the
University of Mississippi and what led up to it.
Mississippi: Conflict and Change, by Jim Loewen
and Charles Sallis. Pantheon, 1974, 1980. The first revisionist
state history textbook ever published, and the first Southern
state history to give a full account of all races, including of
course the Civil Rights Movement. RARE.
Daughter, by Brenda Travis with John Obee. Story of Brenda Travis,
whose 1961 arrest as a teenager helped galvanize opposition to racial
discrimination in Mississippi. New South Books, 2018
by Matt Herron. Talking Fingers Publications, May, 2014. Photos from the
Mississippi Freedom Movement by Mat Herron, George Ballis, Nick Lawrence, and
Mississippi From Within, by Shirley Tucker. Arco
Publishing, 1965. News clippings from Mississippi newspapers
during the height of the Movement. Most are from papers that were
pro-segregation and virulently anti-Movement. Also includes many
never before published photos taken by Movement photographers.
Mississippi Harmony, Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter, by
Winson Hudson & Constance Curry. Macmillen, 2002. Winson Hudson's decades-
long struggle for justice in the heart of Mississippi.
Mississippi: The Long, Hot Summer, by William McCord.
University Press of Mississippi, 1965, reissued 2016. Sociological study of
Mississippi's Freedom Summer.
(novel), by Mitchell Zimmerman. Amazon/Kindle Direct Publishing 2019. A
thriller with embedded stories of the Movement, Black history and the criminal
The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission: Civil
Rights and States' Rights, by Yasuhiro Katagiri.
University Press of Mississippi, 2001. History and analysis of
the infamouse Sovereignty Commission and their efforts to
suppress the Movement.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started
It, by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. University of Tennessee Press, 1990.
Memoir of the bus boycott by one of its leaders who headed the Women's
Political Council of Montgomery.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil
Rights History, by Jeanne Theoharis. Beacon Press, 2020. Moving from
"the histories we get" to "the histories we need, this book dissects the
national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a
different light as not only challenging Southern sheriffs but Northern
liberals, too. The author makes us reckon with the fact that far from being
acceptable, passive, or unified, the Civil Rights Movement was unpopular,
disruptive, and courageously persevering. Activists embraced an expansive
vision of justice — which a majority of Americans opposed and
which the federal government feared.
The Movement, Lorrain Hansberry and Elizabeth
(Betita) Martinez. Simon & Schuster, 1964. Outstanding photo-essay
history of the
Movement's early years. Now rare and hard to find, but beloved and
treasured by those lucky enough to possess a copy. VERY RARE.
The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom
Ride, by David Dennis Sr. & Jr. HarperCollins, May 2022. "A
dynamic family exchange that pivots between the voices of a father and son, a
unique work of oral history and memoir, chronicling the extraordinary story of
the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its living legacy embodied in Black
The Movement Makes Us Human, by Vincent Harding & Joanna
Shenk . Wipf and Stock, 2018. Thoughts, insights, and commentaries by Movement
activist and leader Vincent Harding.
Murder in Memphis: The FBI and the Assassination of
Martin Luther King, by Mark Lane, Dick Gregory. Thunder's
Mouth Press, 1993.
The Murkin Conspiracy: An Investigation Into the
Assassination of Martin Luther King, by Philip H.
Melanson. Praeger Publishers (April 17, 1989). Argues that King
was killed by conspiracy much broader than a single assasin.
("Murkin" was the FBI's codename for King's assasination
The Music Has Gone Out of the Movement: Civil Rights and the
Johnson Administration, 1965-1968, by David C. Carter. The
University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
My Brother J-Boy, by Hazel Janell Meredith. Amerikan
Press, 2011. Fictional story in segregated South by sister of James
My Country Is the World: Staughton Lynd's Writings, Speeches, and
Statements against the Vietnam War, edited by Luke Smith. Foreword by
Staughton and Alice Lynd.. Haymarket Books, 2023.
My Family The Movement & Me, by
Cathy Cade. Privately published 2002. Fascinating
story of how the author's family responded to her Movement activity and
arrest in Albany GA. To order a copy send email to: email@example.com, or $15 pluse $3
for shipping to Cathy Cade, 2202 Rosedale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.
My Father Said Yes: A White Pastor in Little Rock School
Integration, by Dunbar H. Ogden. Vanderbilt University Press, 2008.
My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social
Justice, by Carolyn Goodman and Brad Herzog. Foreword by Maya
Angelou. Why Not Books, 2014
Memoir of Carolyn Goodman, mother of Andy Goodman, one of three civil rights
volunteers to disappear in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.
My Race to Freedom: A Life in the Civil Rights Movement, by
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Patton. NewSouth Books, 2020. Autobiography & Movement
memoir by a long-term stalwart of the Freedom
Movement — Montgomery Bus Boycott & Montgomery Improvement
Association, student sit-ins, Freedom Rides, student activism at Tuskegee,
voter-registration and rural organizing, Selma and the March to Montgomery.
My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights
Experience, by Juan Williams. Sterling; (2004), 30 personal
stories from the front lines of the freedom struggle.
My Soul is a Witness: Cronology of the Civil Rights Era
1954 1965, by Betty Collier-Thomas and V.P.
Franklin. Henry Holt, 2000. History of the Civil Rights Movement both South
My Soul is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in
the Deep South, Howell Raines. Putnam, 1977.
Collection of personal statements and reminisces of Movement activists and
leaders from Montgomery Bus Boycott through Dr. King's assasination.
My Summer Vacation: 1965, by
Mary Swope. Self-published, 2011 (can be obtained directly from author at:
Experiences of an SCLC/SCOPE volunteer in Georgia, Alabama, and
The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for
Social Justice in a Southern City, by Benjamin Houston.
University of Georgia Press.
Negroes With Guns, by Robert F. Williams. First published
in 1962 by Marzani & Munsell, republished in 1998 by Wayne State
University Press. Story of civil rights in Monroe NC and armed
self-defense against the KKK & police.
The Negro Revolt, Louis Lomax. Harper & Row, 1962, 1963.
Background and early years of the Movement. RARE.
New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and
American Culture, 1965-1975, by William L. Van Deburg.
University Of Chicago Press, 1993.
Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March
on Washington, by Charles Euchner. Beacon Press, 2011
No Color is My Kind: The Life of Eldreway Stearns and the
Integration of Houston, by Thomas R. Cole. University of Texas
No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over
a Half Century, 1950-2000, by William Minter, Gail Hovey, and Charles
Cobb Jr. Africa World Press, August 2007. While U.S. based groups and
individuals contributed to African liberation, African struggles also inspired
U.S. activism, including the civil rights and black power movements.
The Norfolk 17: A Personal Narrative on Desegregation in
Norfolk, Virginia, in 1958 1962, by Andrew Heidelberg. RoseDog
Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Chicago, and the
Civil Rights Movement, by James Ralph. Harvard University
Press, 1993. Scholarly examination of Dr. King's effort to oppose
housing discrimination in Chicago.
Now Is the Time, by Lillian Smith. University Press of
Mississippi, 2004 (originally published in 1955). Immediately after the
landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Georgia novelist and
activist Lillian Smith (author of Strange Fruit and Killers of
the Dream sensed white readers needed a hard look at the costs of
segregated schools. So in 1955 she published Now Is the Time, a book
brought back in print by the University Press of Mississippi.
Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar
Evers, by Adam Nossiter. Da Capo Press. Uses the Medgar's
murder and belated prosecution of the assassin Byron de la
Beckwith to examine Mississippi then and now.
Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern
Civil Rights Movement, by Irvin D.S. Winsboro. West Virginia
University Press, 2009.
On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights
Trail, by Charles Cobb Jr. Algonquin Books, 2008. In-depth look at the
civil rights movement goes to the places where pioneers of the movement
marched, sat-in at lunch counters, gathered in churches; where they spoke,
taught, and organized; where they were arrested, where they lost their lives,
and where they triumphed.
On Wings of Song: A Journey into the Civil Rights
Era, by Molly Lynn Watt. Ibbetson Street Press, 2014. A
personal memoir by Molly Lynn Watt on race in America against the
backdrop of racial turbulence of 1963 and the Civil Rights Movement in
Tennessee told in a book of poems.
Open Dem Cells: A Pictorial History of the Albany
Movement, by Mary Royal Jenkins. Brentwood Academic Press,
Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, by Dorothy Height.
Public Affairs, 2003. Personal memoir of a major figure in the Civil Rights
Movement. A contemporary of Dr. King, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Langston Hughes,
and often the only woman involved in the Movement at the highest leaderhsip
Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago,
1966-1971, by Martin L. Deppe. University of Georgia Press, 2017.
Untold Story, of the unheralded leaders of thel SCLC program based in Chicago
that broke a market stranglehold by white businesses in Black communities and
empowered Black businesses in their own neighborhoods and beyond.
The Orangeburg Massacre, by Nelson & Bass.
Mercer Univeristy Press, 1999.
Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities
Organizing for Change, by Aldon D. Morris. Free Press, 1986.
Comprehensive study of the Movement's origin and strategies, with emphasis
on role played by women.
Sixties, by Freedom Movement veteran Paul Lauter. University of
Rochester Press, 2020. Examination of the values, exploits, victories,
implications, and failings, of the "Movement" in the 1960s. Includes chapters
about Freedom Summer of 1964, Natchez in the summer of 1965, and a community
school in DC, 1966.
Our Faces Our Stories, by Lillian Smith. W.W. Norton, 1964.
Photos and stories from the Freedom Movement, noted down and edited by Lillian
Smith. Publishing profits dedicated to CORE.
Our Minds on Freedom: Women and the Struggle for Black
Equality in Louisiana, 1924-1967, by Shannon Frystak. LSU
Our Portion of Hell: Fayette County Tennessee, An Oral History of
the Struggle for Civil Rights, by Robert Hamburger. Links, 1973.
Our Separate Ways: Women Black Freedom Movement
in Durham, by Christina Greene. Univ. of North Carolina
Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers
Jr., Adam Parker. Hub City Press, 2018. Biography of SNCC leader
Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in
Alabama, by Charles Eagles. University of Alabama Press, 2000.
Describes Alabama voting rights movement and the assassination of Father
Outside the Magic Circle: The Autobiography of Virginia Foster
Durr, by Virginia Durr & Hollinger Barnard. University of Alabama
Press. 1990. Interview-based story of a white southern woman in Montgomery
Alabama who stood with Freedom Movement in its time of trial.
Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in
Tallahassee, Florida, by Glenda Alice Rabby. University
of Georgia Press, 1999. The Movement in Tallahassee including the
1956 bus boycott and CORE organizing in the 60s.
Papers of the Congress of Racial Equality,
1941-1967, A Guide to the Microfilm Edition, by Microfilming
Corporation of America, 1980. Chadwyck-Healey Incorporated. RARE.
Parting the Waters, America in the King Years
1954-1963, Taylor Branch. Simon & Schuster, 1988. Volume
One of Pulitzer Prize winning history of the Movement. Including
the Movement's early years from Montgomery bus boycott, the Sit-
ins and Freedom Rides, the Albany, Birmingham, and St. Augustine
Movements, the March on Washington, and much more. See also Pillar of Fire and At Canaan's Edge.
Partners to History: Martin Luther King, Ralph David
Abernathy, and the Civil Rights Movement, by Donzaleigh
Abernathy. Crown, 2003. Large-format book by Abernathy's youngest
daughter, contains personal memories, history, speeches and 375
Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in
the 1960s, by Simon Hall. University of Pennsylvania Press,
2006. Explores the links between the CRM and the Vietnam War and the
relationship between Black organizations and the Anti-War Movement.
Pillar of Fire, America in the King Years 1963-1965,
Taylor Branch. Simon & Schuster, 1988. Volume Two of Pulitzer
Prize winning history of the Movement. Including the Movement in
the North, Freedom Summer, the MFDP challenge, and more. See also
Parting the Waters and At Canaan's Edge.
The Politics of Injustice: The Kennedys, the Freedom
Rides, and the Electoral Consequences of a Moral
Compromise, by David Niven. University of Tennessee
Press, 2003. Analysis & critique of the political calculations
behind JFK's reluctant and limited support for the Civil Rights
Poor People's Campaign & March on Washington:
Mobilization for Collective Protest, by Albert E Gollin
Bureau of Social Science Research (1969). RARE.
Power of the People Won't Stop: Legacy
of the TWLF at UC Berkeley, by Harvey Dong & Douglas Wachter.
Eastwind Books of Berkeley. 2020.
Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights
Era, by Christopher B. Strain. University of Georgia Press,
2005. History of self-defense as it was debated and practiced during
the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the
Movement, by David R. Davies (Editor). University Press of
Mississippi, 2001, Essays on how 9 different Mississippi editors and their
newspapers from "moderate" to segregationist covered the civil rights
movement in their state from Brown v BoE to the Voting Rights Act of
The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of
Ole Miss, by Charles Eagles. University of North Carolina
Profiles in Black Power, by James Haskins.
Doubleday, 1972. RARE.
To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic
Justice, by Michael Honey. Norton 2018.
Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the
Voting Rights Act of 1965, by David J. Garrow. Yale
University Press, 2001.
Quiet Revolution in the South: The Impact of the Voting
Rights Act, 1965-1990, by Chandler Davidson (Editor),
Bernard N. Grofman (Editor). Princeton University Press.
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle,
and the Awakening of a Nation, by Gene Roberts & Hank
Klibanoff. Knopf, 2006.
Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in
Louisiana, 1915-1972, by Adam Fairclough. University of
Georgia Press, 1995.
History of the civil rights movement in Louisiana with emphasis
on the variety, depth, and durability of black protest beyond the
action-oriented, youth-dominated 1960s, and particularly role of
Race Man: Selected Works, 1960-2015, by Julian Bond, Michael
Long (Editor). City Lights Publishers; Illustrated Edition (2020).
Race, Reform, and Rebellion: the Second Reconstruction of
Black America from 1945-1982, by Marable Manning. University Press of
Mississippi 1991 or St. Martins Press 1997. RARE.
Racial Change and Community Crisis: St. Augustine,
Florida, 1877-1980, by David R. Colburn. University Press
of Florida, 1991. RARE.
A Racial Crime: James Earl Ray And The Murder Of Martin
Luther King, by Mel Ayton. Archebooks Publishing, 2005.
Argues that James Earl Ray was the lone assasin and that there was no
Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America,
1960-1972, by Kenneth O'Reilly. Free Press (Reprint
edition, 1991). Expose of the FBI's opposition to the Civil
Rights Movement, and the Bureau's own institutional racism.
Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the
Algebra Project, by Robert Moses &
Charles Cobb Jr. Beacon Press, 2001. About the Civil Rights Movement, the
Algebra Project, and why math literacy is a key step in the fight for equal
Radicalizing the Ebony Tower: Black Colleges and the Black
Freedom Struggle in Mississippi, by Joy Ann Williamson.
Economic Policy Institute and Teachers College, 2008. Examines how
students combined their pursuit of higher education with campus and
societal reforms and also how students challenged the notion of the
Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams & the Roots of
Black Power, by Timothy B. Tyson. University of North
Carolina Press, 1999. Story of Robert F. Williams and "armed
self-reliance" by Blacks.
Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of
Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), by Stokely Carmichael with
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell. Scribner, 2003. Autobiography of freedom fighter
who headed SNCC.
Ready From Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights
Movement, Septima Poinsette Clark, Cynthia Stokes Brown.
Africa World Press, 1990. First-person narrative of Septima Clark
one of the unsung heroines of the Movement.
Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in
Tuskegee, by Robert J. J. Norrell, Arieh J. Kochavi.
University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Traces the course of the Movement in Tuskegee, Alabama, and the
role of Tuskegee Institute students. First published in 1985 and
updated for this edition.
Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in
the 1960s, by Robert Cohen, David J. Snyder, Dan T. Carter.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, by Jeanne Theoharis.
Beacon Press 2013. Corrects the myth of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who
spontaneously performed a single act that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott
and birthed the modern Civil Rights Movement. Portrays her decades of activism
and bold politics and shows how the Freedom Movement in which she was leader
radically sought — for more than a half a
century — to expose and eradicate the racial-caste system in
jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.
Records of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, 1954-1970, by Randolph Boehm, Blair Hydrick,
University Publications of America Staff, Southern Christian
Leadership Conference. Publisher: University Publications of
Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950,
by Mary Stanton. University of Georgia Press, 2020. Documents the American
Communist movement in the South through the experiences of CPUSA District #17,
established in Birmingham in 1929.
To Redeem the Soul of America: the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference and Martin Luther King Jr., by Adam
Fairclough. University of Georgia Press, 2001.
Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New
Orleans, by James B. Bennett. Princeton University Press,
Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer, by Charles Prickett.
Wordrunner Press, 2015. First-person account of Freedom Summer volunteer in
Madison County MS.
Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life
in the Segregated South, by William Henry Chafe (Editor),
Robert Korstad (Editor), Raymond Gavins (Editor), Behind the Veil
Project Staff. New Press, 2001.
Remember: The Journey to School Integration, by Toni
Morrison. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Collection of school integration
photos combined with fictional story and dialog of students who experienced
Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941-1973,
Volumes 1 and 2, by Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Bill Kovach, Carol
Polsgrove. Library of America, 2003. Comprehensive and authoritative
collection of articles and essays about the civil rights struggle in the
U.S. by some of America's greatest writers and reporters such as James
Baldwin, David Halberstam, Anne Moody, Gordon Parks, Claude Sitton, Lillian
Smith, and Robert Penn Warren.
Resurrection City, 1968, by Jill Freedman with John Edwin
Mason and Aaron Bryant. Damiani, re-issued 2018. Photo-journalism account of
the Poor Peoples Campaign protest in Washington DC.
The Rhetoric of Black Power, by Wayne
Brockriede, Robert Lee Scott. Greenwood Pub Group, 1979. RARE.
Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
1954-1965, by Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon. Baylor
University Press 2006. (Studies in Rhetoric and Religion)
Righteous Lives: Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights
Movement, by Kim Lacy Rogers. NYU Press, 1995.
Right to Revolt The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's
Central Piney Woods, by Patricia Michelle Boyett. University Press of
Mississippi, 2016. Black Liberation Movement Forrest County/Hattiesburg from
the 1800s to contemporary times.
Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, by
Michael Edmonds. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2014. Essays and
documents chronicling Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964.
River of No Return: The Autobiography of a Black
Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC, by Cleveland
Sellers with Robert Terrell.
University Press of Mississippi, 1990.
The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince
Edward County, Virginia, by Ken Woodley. NewSouth Books, 2019.
First-person account of steps recently taken to redress the wounds of the
infamous closing of the county schools for five years to prevent integration
as mandated by Brown v Board of Education and 18-month fight to create
the first Civil Rights-era reparation in U.S. history.
Ruby McCollum: Woman in the Suwannee Jail, by
William Bradford Huie. Signet - New American Library, 1964.
"Paramour Rights" murder trial. RARE.
Run: Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated
by L. Fury and Nate Powell. Abrams ComicArts and GoodTrouble Productions,
2021. "First you march, then you run." Graphic-novel format memoir by
John Lewis recounting the Freedom Movement after passage of the Voting Rights
Act — including the pushback of those who resist social change
and refuse to accept racial equality and justice, and the continuing struggles
of those who believe change has not gone far enough. Sequel to the March
Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow,
by Mark Schultz. University of Illinois Press, 2005.
Sacred Places: A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta,
Georgia, by Harry G. Lefever and Michael C. Page. Mercer
University Press, 2008.
St. Augustine, Florida, 1963-1964: Mass Protest and
Racial Violence, by David J. Garrow (Editor). Carlson
Publications, 1989. RARE
Sammy Younge, Jr.: The First Black College Student to Die in the
Black Liberation Movement, by James Forman, Grove Press,
Scalawag: A White Southerner's Journey Through Segregation to Human
Rights Activism, by Edward H. Peeples, University of Virginia Press,
The SCOPE of Freedom: The Leadership of Hosea Williams
With Dr. King's Summer '65 Student Volunteers, by
Willy Siegel-Levanthal, Challenge Publishing, 2005. Provides a documentary
overview of the historical period that followed the Selma-Montgomery voting
rights march. RARE.
The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee and the Use of Public Relations,
by Vanessa Murphree. Routledge, 2006.
Selma 1965: The March That Changed the South,
3rd Edition. Charles E. Fager. Kimo Press, 2005. Story of the Selma campaign
1964-65 and the March to Montgomery by an SCLC field worker.
Selma and It's Aftermath, by Bill Monnie. A Snowy Day
Distribution & Publishing, 2015. Ground-up history portrayed through
photographs of the people who were literally the "boots on the ground"
The Selma Campaign, 1963-1965, by Wally Vaughn. Majority
Press, 2006. Overview & oral histories from Selma.
The Selma Campaign: Martin Luther King, Jimmie Lee Jackson, and the
Defining Struggle of the Civil Rights Era, by Craig Swanson. Archway
Selma, Lord, Selma, by Sheyann Webb and
Rachel West Nelson.
University of Alabama Press, 1980. Memoir of Selma's "youngest
freedom fighters," Sheyann 8 and Rachel 9.
Selma to Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam
War, by Daniel Lucks. University Press of Kentucky. 2014.
The Selma Voting Rights Struggle and March to Montgomery,
by Bruce Hartford. Westwind Writers, April 2014. The
Timeline & History articles about Selma and
the March to Montgomery.
The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of
James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer, by Chris Myers Asch.
The New Press, 2008. This book examines the movement through the lives
of two polar opposites — Mississippi's segregationist
Senator Eastland, and Fannie Lou Hamer, the sharecropper who lived
five miles away from him who became the spiritual leader of the
The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil
Rights Generation, by Andrew B. Lewis. Hill and Wang, 2009.
Group biography of selected SNCC activists tracing their lives and
their effect on modern history.
Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish
Community, by Marc Schneier. Jewish Lights Publishing,
1999. Account of Dr. King's interaction with Jews and the Jewish
community and the role they played in the Civil Rights Movement.
Sharing the Dream: Martin Luther King, the Movement,
and Me, by Dora E. McDonald. Hill Street Press, 2002.
Personal memoir of Dr. King's long-time secretary and aide. RARE.
Sharing the Prize, by Gavin Wright. Harvard
University Press, 2013. Explores economics of the Civil Rights
Movement in the South, showing how the civil disobedience of black
Southerners wrought a transformation that improved the lives of whites
as well as blacks.
Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations
of Leadership and Activism, by Jelani Favors. University of North
Carolina Press, 2019. Examines how historically Black colleges and
universities (HBCUs) fostered student activism.
She Stood for Freedom, by Loki Mulholland (Author),
Charlotta Janssen (Illustrator). Shadow Mountain, 2016. Illustrated biography
of Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That
Changed America, by Wil Haygood. Knopf, 2015.
Shut it Down! A College in Crisis: San
Francisco State College: A Report to the National Commission on the Causes and
Prevention of Violence by William Orrick, Legare Street Press. (Nixon
The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, And Gender in the
South, by Jacqueline Jones Royster. University Press of Florida,
2006. "Paramour Rights" murder trial & reaction.
Silver Rights, by Constance
Curry. Harcourt, 1998. The powerful story African-American
sharecroppers on a cotton plantation in Sunflower County, Mississippi who
sent seven of their thirteen children to desegregate the all-white school
system in 1965.
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of
Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality, by
Richard Kluger. Vintage, 2004. Major overview of not only the
Brown case but the Movement as a whole. New & updated
edition for 50th anniversary of Brown including analysis
of Republican "Southern Strategy."
Sing for Freedom: the Story of the Civil Rights Movement
Through its Songs, by Guy and Candie Carawan, Sing Out
Corporation 1990, reissued by New South Books in 2008. A compilation
of two earlier Sing Out books We Shall Overcome and Freedom
is a Constant Struggle. This is the authoritative collection of
freedom song lyrics and music, accompanied by descriptions of the
Movement events where the songs originated or were sung.
Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil
Rights and Black Power Movements, by Bettye Collier-Thomas
(Editor), V. P. Franklin (Editor). New York University Press, 2001.
Anthology of pieces written by Black women active in the Movement.
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down,
by Andrea & Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
(2010) Recommended for grades: 3-6.
The Sit-In Movement of 1960, by Martin Oppenheimer.
Carlson Publishing, 1989. HARD TO FIND.
The Sit-in Movement: Progress Report and
Prognosis, by Marion A Wright. Wayne State University Law
School (1963). RARE.
Sitting for Equal Service: Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, United
States, 1960s, by Melody Herr. Twenty-First Century Books,
A Small Town Rises: A Sharecropper and a College Girl Join the
Struggle for Justice in Shaw, Mississippi, by Lee Anna Sherman. Bog
Lily Press, 2020. Chronicles the lives of two civil rights activists who met
in the tiny cotton-town of Shaw during the voting-rights campaign known as
"Freedom Summer." Shaw was, like countless segregated towns across the South,
a pressure cooker of violent white resistance to the growing civil rights
movement. The two young freedom fighters — sharecropper Eddie
Short and recent college grad Mary Sue Gellatly — joined
forces in 1964 with local black activist Andrew Hawkins and a host of
courageous townspeople to challenge and disrupt the status quo in the heart of
the Mississippi Delta.
The Smell of Burning Crosses, by Ira B. Harkey
Jr. Xlibris, 2006. Story of Pulitzer Prize winning,
anti-segregation newspaper editor in Pascagula Mississippi.
Soldiers of Martin Luther King: A Memoir from the Trenches of the
CRM, by Dr. Sidney Eugene Welch. RoseDog Books, 2007. Personal story
of a local Freedom Movement leader and activist from the Montgomery Bus
Boycott through the battle to desegregate Birmingham.
Southern White Girl Seeks Social Change: A Twentieth Century
Memoir, by Nancy Stoller. Bright Stuff, 2019. A memoir from the dawn
of SNCC, women's liberation, and young people who "de-segregated" the US, each
body on the line, every eye on the prize.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: the Growth of
Radicalism in a Civil Rights Organization, by Emily Stoper. Harvard
dissertation 1968, Carlson Publishing, 1989. RARE.
SNCC's Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil
Rights South, by Sharon Monteith. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
Examines the organization's print and publishing culture, uncovering how
fundamental self- and group- narration is for the undersung heroes of social
SNCC: The New Abolitionists, by Howard Zinn. 1964, 1965.
South End Press 2002 (reissue). Outstanding history and vivid description
of SNCC work in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and elsewhere 1960-65.
Written at the time by one who was there. HARD TO FIND.
Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris
Smith Robinson, by Cynthia Griggs Fleming. Rowman &
Littlefield, 1998. Biography of a major leader and activist in
SNCC and the struggle for women's rights.
So the Heffners Left McComb, by Hodding Carter II.
University Press of Mississippi, 1965, reissued 2016. Story of white family in
McComb who were driven from their home by racists because they invited two
civil rights workers to dinner.
South of the South: Jewish Activists and the Civil Rights
Movement in Miami, 1945-1960, by Raymond Mohl. University
Press of Florida, 2003.
The Southern Freedom Movement in Perspective,
by Anne Braden. Monthly Review Press, 1965. Description and
analysis of the Movement written as it was occuring by an
activist at the center of the struggle. RARE.
Southern Governors and Civil Rights: Racial Segregation
as a Campaign Issue in the Second Reconstruction. , by
Earl Black. Harvard University Press, 1976.
Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights
Movement, by Tom Dent. University of Georgia Press, 2001. Civil
rights worker returns to the South in the 1990s to study the effect the
Movement has had on the South and on himself. RARE.
Southern Witness: Unitarians and Universalists in the Civil Rights
Era, by Gordon D. Gibson. Skinner House Books, 2015. History of
Unitarian and Universalist involvement in the civil rights movement in the
South. Covering congregations in nearly thirty cities and towns and spanning
ten Southern states.
Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer, To Tell It Like It Is,
edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck. University Press of
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that
Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement, by Rick Bowers.
National Geographic Children's Books, 2010. Written for young adults,
describes how the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission tried to use
spying, sabotage, and state-sponsored repression to prevent
African-Americans from winning equal rights as U.S. Citizens.
Recommended for grades 7-10.
Standing, by Ernest McMillan. Deep Vellum,
2023. Memoir of a SNCC organizer's coming-of-age through the Freedom
Movement — Atlanta GA sit-ins, voter-registration in rural
Georgia, Selma Alabama, 1964 Democratic Convention Challenge, Texas SNCC,
Black Power, welfare rights, prison, and more.
Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil
Rights Movement, by Emilie Raymond. University of Washington Press,
2015. Story of how movie stars — particularly Harry Belafonte,
Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Gregory, and Sidney
Poitier — risked their careers to help advance the Civil
Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics
in Recent Southern History, by Glen Browder & Artemesia
Stanberry. New South Books, 2010. Chronicles behind the scenes
biracial work of Black leaders and some white politicians.
Step by Step, Douglas Dowd and Mary Nichols. Norton,
1965. Evolution and history of Fayette County (Tenn) project in
Stokely: A Life, by Joseph Peniel. Basic Civitas Books,
Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power
(History of Civil Rights Series), by Jacqueline Johnson. Silver
Burdett Press, 1990.
Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism, by
Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). Lawrence Hill Books. Collection of
speeches and articles by Stokely.
A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim
Crow, by David L. Chappell. University of North Carolina Press,
2004. Role of Old Testiment religion in the Movement. Argues that the
Movement was less a political protest with religious dimensions than a
religious revival with political and social dimensions.
Stranger At the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi, by Tracy
Sugarman. Hill and Wang, 1965. One of the first personal accounts of
Freedom Summer to be published. Rare and hard to find.
Strange Career of Jim Crow, by C. Vann
Woodward. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Strength to Love, Martin Luther King. Harper &
Row, 1963. Selection of sermons.
Stride Toward Freedom, by Martin Luther King. Harper
& Row, 1958. Dr. King's account of the Montgomery bus boycott
Struggle for a Better South: The Southern Student
Organizing Committee, 1964-1969, by Gregg L. Michel.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. SSOC was an organization of southern
white students who struggled in local white communities against
racism, to end the war in Vietnam, and build an inter-racial
movement for justice and equality.
The Struggle for Black Equality, 1964-1980, by Harvard
Sitkoff. Hill & Wang, 1992.
The Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black
Liberation, by Joseph R. Fitzgerald. University of Kentucky Press,
2018. Biography of SNCC leader Gloria Richardson and story of Cambridge MD
, by Vera Pigee, edited by Francoise
Hamlin, University Press of Mississippi. 2023. New edition of Vera Pigee
autobiography chronicling the everyday conflicts, losses, and triumphs of the
grassroots civil rights struggle in Coahama County Mississippi and elsewhere.
Subversive Southerner, Ann Braden and the Struggle for Racial
Justice in the Cold War South, by Catherine Fosl. Palgrave
Macmillen, 2002. Biography of famed civil rights activist Ann Braden.
The Summer That Didn't End: The Story of the Mississippi
Civil Rights Project of 1964, by Len Holt. First-hand account
and analysis of Freedom Summer by civil rights attorney and activist
Len Holt. Originally published 1965 by Morrow, reprinted by Da Capo
Press in 1992. HARD TO FIND.
Sumter County Blues: The Ordeal of the Federation of
Southern Cooperatives, by Thomas N Bethell. The
Committee, 1982. RARE.
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of Segregation in
America, by James W. Loewen
(author of Lies My Teacher Told Me). The New Press, 2005.
Sundown towns are communities that for decades were (some still
are) all-white on purpose.
Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil
Rights in the North, by Thomas J. Sugrue. Random House, 2008.
Describes and analyzes the Freedom Movement in the North from the
1920s to the present day. Exposes the hidden realities of northern
racism and its underlying economic and poliltical base.
Symbols, the News Magazines, and Martin Luther King, by
Richard Lentz. Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1990.
Tell the Story: A Memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, by
Charles (Chuck) McDew and Beryl Gilfix. Independently published by Beryl
Gilfix, , 2020. Describes McDew's personal journey to leadership of SNCC and
the Southern voter registration drives of the 1960's.
Ten Blocks from the White House: An Anatomy of the
Washington Riots of 1968, by Ben W. Gilbert. F. A.
Praeger, 1968. Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City,
A Testament of Hope: the Essential Writing of Martin Luther King
Jr., edited by James Melvin Washington. Harper-Collins, 1991.
Collection of Dr. King's speeches, interviews, writings, etc.
They Closed Their Schools: Prince Edward County, Virginia,
1951-1964, by R. C. Smith. Story of the student boycott against school
segregation that directly led to Brown v Board of Education Supreme
Court ruling. RARE.
There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in
America, by Vincent Harding Harvest/HBJ Book. 1993.
These Few Also Paid a Price, by G. McLeod Bryan.
Mercer University Press, 2001. Testimonies of Southern whites who
participated in the Civil Rights Movement.
This Day in Civil Rights History, by Horace Randall Williams
and Ben Beard. New South Books, 2009.
This Is the Day: The March on Washington, by Leonard
Freed. J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights
Movement, by Charles Cobb, Leslie Kelen, Julian Bond, Clayborne
Carson, Matt Herron. University Press of Mississippi/The Center for
Documentary Arts, 2012.
This Little Light of Mine: the Life of Fannie Lou
Hamer, by Kay Mills. Dutton, 1994. Moving Young-Adult/Adult
biography of a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement.
This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil
Rights Movement Possible, by Charles Cobb. Basic Books, 2014.
Written by a former SNCC field secretary, this essential book explores the
complex and essential relationship between the widespread nonviolent
protests that built political awareness and the armed self-defense against
racist terrorism that made organizing the Southern Freedom Movement
A Time to Speak, A Time to Act: the Movement in Pictures, by
Julian Bond. Touchstone, 1972. Hard to find.
Three Lives for Mississippi, by William Bradford Huie.
University Press of Mississippi, 2000.
Three Years in Mississippi, by James H. Meredith, Indiana
University Press, 1966. Meredith's first-hand account of his effort to
desegregate the Univ. of Mississippi (Ol Miss). In the words of one
reviewer: "Part report and part legal brief, part manifesto, part tract, it
is a valuable and fascinating account." RARE.
The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and
the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow, by Donnie
Williams, Wayne Greenhaw. Chicago Review Press, 2005. Detailed
examination of the Montgomery Bus Boycott based on extensive
interviews, personal accounts from both sides, and documentary
Time of Change, Civil Rights Photographs 1961-1965,
by Bruce Davidson. St. Ann's Press, 2002. Collection of Bruce
Davidson's photographs of the Freedom Movement.
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard
Rustin, by Bayard Rustin. Cleis Press, July 2003.
Tip of the Arrow: the Selma Student Nonviolent Movement, a Study in
Leadership, by Charles Bonner. Page Publishing, 2020. An
"up-from-below" and "inside-out" examination of, and personal
narratives by, the young students of Selma Alabama who from 1963 to 1965 were
the tip of the nonviolent arrow in the fight for freedom and equality. Charles
Bonner, the author, was one of the main student leaders and then a SNCC field
secretary. Today he is one of the boldest civil rights attorneys in
To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights
Movement, by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Flash Point (Macmillan)
2012. Personal story Freedom Movement activist and journalist
To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964
Mississippi Freedom Schools, by William Sturkey & Jon N. Hale
(editors). University Press of Mississippi, 2015.
Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights
Movement of South Carolina during the 20th Century, by Winfred B.
Moore (Editor), Orville Vernon Burton (Editor). University of South Carolina
Traveling Freedom's Road: A Guide to Exploring Our Civil Rights
History, by John J. Hanrahan. Freedom's Road Press, 2022.
Comprehensive travel and history book about the US civil rights movement and
African American history. Book profits shared by the Legal Aid Justice Center
in Charlottesville and Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery.
A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, by Jim
Carrier. Harcourt, 2004. Part guidebook, part civil rights primer, covers
the locations of significant events and provides background.
Trial of Ruby McCollum, by Drs Arthur and Leslie Ellis.
1st Books, 2003 (available online). The murder trial of a Black women that
challenged "Paramour Rights" the unwritten antebellum law
giving a white man the right to a "Negro" woman whether she was married or
Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim
Crow, by Leon F. Litwack. Knopf , 1999.
The Trumpet of Conscience, by Martin Luther
King. Harper & Row, 1968. Transcription of King's six Massey
Lectures as recorded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
His last statements on racism, poverty, justice, war, and the
necessity of nonviolent revolution. (SeeConscience for Change: Massey
Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, The Crisis that Shocked the
Nation, by Elizabeth Jacoway. University of Arkansas Press, 2008.
Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality,
by Stuart and Elizabeth Ewen. Seven Stories Press, 2008. A history of the
ideas of white supremacy, male supremacy, and ruling class supremacy.
Uncertain Resurrection: Dr. King's Poor Peoples' Campaign,
Washington 1968, Chuck Fager. Kimo Press, 1968 (updated 2017).
Undaunted By The Fight: Spelman College and the Civil
Rights Movement, 1957-1967, by Harry G. Lefever. Mercer
University Press, 2005. Story of Spellman College students and
faculty in the Civil Rights Movement.
Understanding the Little Rock Crisis: An Exercise in
Remembrance and Reconciliation, Elizabeth Jacoway and
C. Fred Williams (Editors) University of Arkansas Press 1999.
Selected scholarly papers from 1997 conference held to
commemorate the 40th anniversary of the crisis. History,
economic, constitutional, historical, and personal aspects of the
crisis and of segregation.
The Unfinished Agenda of The Selma-Montgomery Voting
Rights March, by Tavis Smiley. Wiley, John & Sons, 2005.
Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial
Justice, 1920-1970, by Anne Stefani. University Press of Florida 2017
Unlikely Heroes, by Jack Bass. University Alabama
Press, 1990. Story of 5th U.S. Circut Court of Appeals role in
fighting for civil rights.
Up Above My Head: I See Freedom in the Air, by Carol Seay.
Xlibris, 2015. Story of the "Stolen Girls" incarcerated in the Leesburg
Stockade for protesting segregation in Americus GA. Told by one of the young
women who endured captivity to fight for freedom.
Vernon Can Read! A Memoir, by Vernon E. Jordan, Annette
Gordon-Reed. Public Affairs, 2001. Memoir of civil rights leader Vernon
Virus of Fear: The Infamous Resurrection and Demise of the
Carolinas' Ku Klux Klan, by W. Horace Carter. Mississippi
River Pub Co, 1992.
A Voice That Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the
Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement, by Maegan Parker Brooks.
University Press of Mississippi, 2014. A biograph of Mrs. Hamers using her
own writings and speeches.
Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South,
1964-1980, edited by Kent Spriggs. University Press of Florida, 2017.
First-person accounts by civil rights lawyers provide unique insight into
dramatic moments in civil rights history.
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights
Movement, by Jon Meacham (editor). Random House, 2001. Collection
of essays by writers such as Baldwin, Wright, Walker, Faulkner, Angelou,
Ellison, and others.
Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement
1950-1980, by Henry Hampton & Steven Fayer. Bantam 1991. Compendium
of some of the interviews that formed the basis of the PBS series "Eyes on
Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement,
1954-1968, by Thomas E. Ricks. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.
Examines the history of nonviolent civil rights protests in comparison to
military tactics including recruiting, training, discipline, and organization.
Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black
Power in America, by Peniel E. Joseph. Holt Paperbacks, 2007.
Walking with the King: Irving Katuna's Legacy of Civil
Rights, by Linda Katuna Harvey. Independently published, 2021. Story
of a twice-jailed Jewish rabbi who marched with Dr. King in Selma.
Walking With the Wind, John Lewis and Michael D'Orso.
Simon & Schuster, 1998. The Movement as seen and lived through the eyes of
SNCC Chairman John Lewis.
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate
Little Rock's Central High, by Melba Patillo Beals. Pocket Books,
1994. The events in Little Rock as experienced by one of the nine Black
children who courageously faced the racist mobs.
We Are Not Afraid: The Story of and the Civil Rights
Campaign for Mississippi. Seth Cagin and Philip Dray.
Bantan Books, 1988. The Mississippi Movement, Freedom Summer, and the
murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
We Charge Genocide," by Patterson, Davis,
Ossie, & others. Civil Rights Congress, 1951. VERY RARE.
We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for
Civil Rights in Mississippi, by Tracy Sugarman. Syracuse
University Press, 2009. An introspective memoir complete with many of
his original illustrations composed at the time by a Freedom Summer
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Desegregation of the University of
Georgia, by Robert Pratt. University of Georgia Press, 2005
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the
Movement It Inspired, by M.J. O'Brien. University Press of
Mississippi, 2013. Story of 1963 Jackson MS sit-in, Medgar Evers, and the
Jackson Freedom Movement.
We Shall Overcome, The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It
Happened, by Herb Boyd. Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2004.
We Shall Overcome: Martin Luther King and the Black
Freedom Struggle, by Peter Albert and Ronald Hoffman
(editors). De Capo Press, 1993. Anthology of contemporary
accounts of the movement.
Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights
Movement, by Townsend Davis. Norton, 1999. Retraces the history of
the Civil Rights Movement through interviews with more than 100 Movement
We Return Fighting: The Civil Rights Movement in the Jazz
Age, by Mark Robert Schneider. Northeastern University Press, 2001.
Story of NAACP fight for Justice in the post-World War I era of 1920s.
We Shall Overcome, by Herb Boyd. Sourcebooks, 2004.
Multimedia presentation of the Civil Rights Movement text,
pictures, and audio. Includes two audio CDs.
We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom
Movement, by Akinyele Omowale Umoja. NYU Press, 2013.
When Did Southern Segregation Begin?, by John
David Smith (Editor), C. Vann Woodward (Editor). Palgrave
When the Spirit Says Sing! The Role of Freedom Songs in
the Civil Rights Movement, by Kerran Sanger. Taylor &
Francis Inc, 1995. Analysis of the role freedom songs played in
the Movement and non-violent strategy and tactics. RARE.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?,
by Martin Luther King. Harper & Row, 1967. Thoughts on the
Movement, Black Power, race, poverty, justice, Vietnam, war &
peace, nuclear arms race, etc.
Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights
Revisited, by Susan Orr-Klopfer. 2005. The struggle for civil
rights in the Mississippi Delta and the role of the state in
maintaining segregation and repressing the Movement. Available at
Mississippi Civil Rights & Delta Blues
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age
During the CRM, by Carolyn Maull McKinstry. Tyndale House Publishers
2011. Personal story of a young freedom marcher and survivor of the Birmingham
Church bombing in 1963.
White Lawyer, Black Power: Civil Rights Lawyering during the Black
Power Era in Mississippi and Alabama, by Don Jelinek. Jelinek
Publishers, 2015. A personal memoir of civil rights lawyering during 1965-1968
by a SNCC organizer and ACLU lawyer. Available from
Whitey Joins the Revolution: My Time With the Movement,
by Franklyn Peterson. Self. 2013. Personal memoir of a CORE activist.
Who Speaks for the Negro?, by Robert Penn
Warren. Random House, 1965. Collection of interviews & oral
Why the Vote Wasn't Enough for Selma, by Karlyn Forner. Duke
University Press, 2017. Describes how securing the vote alone was insufficient
in regards to undoing the entrenched economic inequality and poverty of the
city's black residents.
Why We Can't Wait, by Dr. Martin Luther King.
Harper & Row, 1963. The story of the Birmingham Campaign and
analysis and history of the Movement.
Witness At Philadelphia (MS), by Florence Mars, Lynn
Eden. Louisiana State University Press, 1977. A white native of
Philadelphia MS, recounts the circumstances of the murder of Chaney,
Schwerner, and Goodman, her reaction, and her arrest for crossing the color
Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in
Louisiana, by John H. Scott, with Cleo Scott Brown.
University of South Carolina Press, 2003. Personal story of a
grass-roots, local Movement leader in Lake Providence, Louisiana.
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965, by
Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon. University Press of Mississippi,
2009. Speeches & addresses (full text transcripts) from 39 Freedom
Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and
Torchbearers, by Vicki Crawford. Indiana University Press, 1994.
Collection of academic papers presented to 1988 conference.
The Words of Martin Luther King, Edited by
Coretta Scott King. Newmarket Press, 1983.
Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American
Civil Rights Movement and Era, edited by Jeffrey Lamar
Coleman. Duke University Press Books, 2012.
The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom
Movement, by Bob Zellner. New South Books, 2008. Memoir and
autobiography of SNCC member Bob Zellner.
Year Forever in my
Veins, by Faith Holsaert. Backbone Press, 2020. Chapbook of poems
growing out of letters home to mother and sister during year working with SNCC
in Southwest Georgia.
You Came Here to Die, Didn't You, by
Sherie Labedis. Smokey Hill Books, 2011. Memoir of SCOPE summer volunteer on
South Carolina voter-registration project in 1965. Available from
You Must Be from the North: Southern White Women in the
Memphis Civil Rights Movement, Kimberly K. Little. University
Press of Mississippi, 2009.