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- Literature of the Civil Rights Movement: A Brief Annotated Bibliography -

Archer, J. They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle. NY: Puffin Books, 1993.
Summary of the African American struggle for Civil Rights and brief biographical sketches of four of its leaders: Fredrick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X

Brandt, K. Rosa Parks Fight for Freedom. Troll Associates, 1993.
A short biography of Rosa Parks and how her heroic actions led to the one of the major events in the Civil Rights Movement, the desegregation of the public buses in Montgomery, Alabama

Coles, R. The Story of Ruby Bridges. NY: Scholastic,
A picture book depicting how six year old Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to integrate the New Orleans Public Schools in 1960

Curtis, C.P. The Watsons Go to Birmingham---1963. NY: Bantam, 1995.
Award-winning novel, including 1996 Newbery Honor Book, tells the story of an African American family from Michigan who are visiting Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama when theSixteenth Avenue Baptist Church is bombed

Dallard, S. Ella Baker: A Leader Behind the Scenes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1990.
Biography of Ella Baker, behind-the-scenes Civil Rights leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Duncan, A.F. The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Everyday People. Bridgewater Books, 1995.
Uses photographs and accompanying text to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement

Johnson, J. Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power. Englewood Cliffs,
NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1990. Biography of the Black Power student leader

Hampton, H. & S. Fayer. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement for the 1950ís through the 1980ís. NY: Bantam Books, 1990. First person accounts of the Civil Rights Movement by those who lived it

Kelso, R. Walking for Freedom. NY: Steck-Vaughn, 1993.
Describes how the African American community in Montgomery, Alabama organized the boycott that led to the desegregation of the public buses

Levine, E. Freedomís Children. NY: Putnam, 1993.
Personal narratives by the young people who participated in the Civil Rights Movement accompanied by photographs

Marzollo, J. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King. NY: Scholastic, 1993.
Introduction to the life and work of this great Civil Rights leader

Myers, W.D. Now Is Your Time! The African American Struggle for Freedom. NY: HarperCollins, 1992.
A readable history of blacks in America from the days of slavery to now

Parks, R. Rosa Parks: Mother to a Movement. NY: Dial, 1992.
Rosa Parks tells her own story of the protest that led to the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott

Powledge, F. We Shall Overcome: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. NY: Macmillan Pubs., 1993.
Describes segregation in America during this century and the changes accomplised by the Civil Rights Movement

Rochelle, B. Witness to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights. NY: Puffin Books, 1993.
Stories of the college students who exhibited courage and bravery when they participated in the sit-in demonstrations for Civil Rights

Rubel, D. Fannie Lou Hamer: From Sharecropping to Politics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1990.
Biography of one of the first African American organizers for black voter registration in Mississippi

Siegel, B. The Year They Walked: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. NY: Four Winds Press, 1992.
Describes the life of Rosa Parks, especially her role in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott

Stein, R.C. The Montgomery Bus Boycott. Chicago: Childrenís Press, 1993.
An account of the people and the events of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott

Taylor, M. Mississippi Bridge. NY: Dial Books, 1990.
Short novel about what occurs when a bus driver orders black passengers off a bus to make room for white passengers before it crosses a swollen river

Taylor, M. The Well. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995.
Novel set in the early 1900s tells the story of one family sharing its well water with both blacks and whites although racial violence threatens

Wilkinson, B. Jesse Jackson: Still Fighting for the Dream. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1990.
Biography of Jesse Jacksonís Civil Rights work and marches with Dr. Martin King, Jr. and his continued struggle for equal rights


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