Civil Rights

You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You – Content Standards and Discussion Questions

Videos of Interest

The Great Debaters

American Experience.Eyes on the Prize | PBS

The History of the Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History

The Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant, KVIE

Black Magic, ESPN

Freedom Riders

Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy with Wynton Marsalis and Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Dy O’Connor

PBS Frontline: Separate and Unequal  “Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. What’s behind the growing racial divide in American schools — and what’s the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?”

Jumping Into History: The Army’s First African-American Paratroopers

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Mississippi Inferno – This is the untold story of Mississippi’s African-American landowners of the 1960s and their vital role in a paving the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Storm Warning

Videos from Dr. Karen McCord’s Civil Rights Travel Course

and where to get a copy

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Uncle Tom’s CabinHarriet Beecher Stowe on slavery

Events in the Life of a Slave, Harriet A. Jacobs

 Huckleberry FinnMark Twain onSlavery

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson on The Great Migration

Simeon’s Story, Simeon Wright with Herb Boyd on Emmett Till – An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till

While the World WatchedCarolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George on the  Birmingham church bombing

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois

100 Years of LynchingsRalph Ginzburg

Before the Mayflower: A History of Black AmericaLerone Bennett, Jr.

Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, Wynton Marsalas

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964Todd S. Purdum

Better Than Them, The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist
by S. McEachin Otts – “You are better than them. Don’t forget it,” a grandmother whispers to her grandson, S. M. “Mac” Otts. The year is 1965, and an eighteen-year-old boy stands curbside in his Black Belt hometown-weapon in hand-defiant before a peaceful civil rights demonstration

Civil Rights Movement

Freedom SummerDoug McAdam

Hands on the Freedom PlowHolsaert, Noonan, Richardson, Robinson, Young, Zellner

Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement of South Carolina during the Twentieth Century, Winfred B. Moore Jr. and Orville Vernon Burton

The SCOPE of Freedom: The Leadership of Hosea Williams with Dr. King’s Summer ’65 Student Volunteers, Willy Siegel Leventhal

So The Heffners Left McComb, Hodding Carter


The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History, 1998, Southern Poverty Law Center

Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle, Southern Poverty Law Center

Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States, Southern Poverty Law Center


Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition by Eric Mann



Civil Rights Movement Veterans

We Shall Overcome; Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

ACRL The Civil Rights Movement

The Freedom Summer Project

  • historical essay
  • digital document collection
  • Freedom Summer PowerPoint Presentation
  • Teachers materials

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