Civil Rights Movements
Civil Rights Movement Culture: History and Legacy
- African-American History Manuscripts. Library of Congress, Includes several important CRM documents, includingBrown v. Board of Education case materials.
- African American Holocaust. Powerful, visually graphic site on the history of lynching.
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Exhibits and documents from one of the battlegrounds of the movement.
- The Civil Rights Era. Overview site from the American Memory Project, rich in images and sound.
- Civil Rights in Mississippi: Digital Archive. Get a sense of the daily life struggles of ordinary folks in the civil rights movement.
- Civil Rights Movement Veterans. Direct commentary from dozens of participants in the movement. Includes excellent bibliography and many useful links on specific figures, organizations, events, and ideas of the movement.
- Educator’s Guide to “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” Tells the story of how song was used in the Underground Railroad to lead folks out of slavery.
- Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Carrying on in the tradition of “Miss Baker’s” group-centered organizing methods.
- Greensboro Sit-ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement. Pictures, audio, and documents about the rise of the sit-in phase of the movement in the town where it was born.
- Guy and Candie Carawan: A Personal Story through Sight and Sound. Civil rights story in song. Civil rights movement singer-activists Guy and Candie Carawan discuss the movement and the role of music they did so much to foster.
- The King Center, Atlanta. Not only a documentation of King’s work and the wider movement, but an ongoing resource for nonviolent resistance to oppression.
- Lift Every Voice: Protest Songs. University of Virginia Library. Words, images, and audio on the place of protest songs in wider U.S. musical culture.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project. Stanford University. Includes video and audio clips of speeches, documents, chronology, and bibliography.
- Museum of African-American History (Detroit).
- National Civil Rights Museum. Memphis. Located in the motel where King was assassinated, this museum includes many interactive features on civil rights movement history. Exhibits have included “Music and the Movement.”
- Negro Leagues Baseball. Useful info on effects of segregation on America's pastime and the civil rights struggle within professional baseball.
- One Person, One Vote: SNCC Voting Rights Organizing
- Rosa Parks. Brief bio.
- Rosa Parks: The Woman who Changed a Nation. Kira Albin.
- Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. These three Folkways Records sites include sample audio clips of the songs:
- SNCC: 1960–1966. Provides a solid overview of this key group and has links to many SNCC documents and other resources.
- Soundtrack for a Revolution. A PBS documentary that focuses on the music behind the civil rights movement. Includes audio tracks and lyrics.
- Southern Freedom Movement Links. Good list of additional civil rights movement–related websites.
- Civil Rights Movement Bibliography Comprehensive list of additional readings from the Civil Rights movement veterans site.