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Black History Month: Civil Rights Movement

In honor of Black History Month this Research Guide will show what is available at the SVC library and online.

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Free at last : a history of the Civil Rights Movement and those who died in the struggle

An illustrated history of the Civil Rights Movement, including a timeline and profiles of forty people who gave their lives in the movement. 112 pages.

Free at Last? : the civil rights movement and the people who made it

In this account, the author traces the progress of the Civil Rights Movement, from its beginnings - the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown decision, the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins - through the growth of consciousness and confidence, all the way to Selma and beyond. 711 pages.

We Shall Overcome: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black freedom struggle

Revised versions of papers presented at a symposium held in October 1986 in Washington, D.C. 294 pages.

The Children

Idealistic and determined, the young people of the Civil Rights Movement showed unwavering bravery during the sit-ins at the Nashville lunch counters and on the Freedom Rides across the South—all chronicled here with Halberstam’s characteristic clarity and insight. 783 pages.

The Dead Are Arising

The result of nearly 30 years of first account interviews and narratives of those who knew Malcom X, this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. 

March: Books 1-3 (Graphic )

This graphic novel trilogy is a first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Pages vary.

Eyes on the Prize

Celebrated account of the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement From the Montgomery bus boycott to the Little Rock Nine to the Selma-Montgomery march, thousands of ordinary people who participated in the American civil rights movement; their stories are told in Eyes on the Prize. 

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Online Sources

MLK: The Other America Speech

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