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Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision banning school segregation
Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision banning school segregation.
1 photographic print.
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. 1954.
Prints and Photographs Division.
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American Folklife

Civil Rights History Project

The Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) conducts a survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), and to record new interviews with people who participated in the Movement. The survey information and portions of selected interviews will be made available worldwide through the Project web site. The interviews will become a permanent part of the national library and the national museum. Researchers seeking specific information on and access to collections listed in this portal are requested to contact the holding institution directly.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students. This site contains a wide variety of information related to civil rights.

Join America at Play

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier

Jump Back in Time

Activist Mary Church Terrell Was Born, September 23, 1863

Gospel Singer, Mahalia Jackson Was Born, October 26, 1911

Pete Seeger Is Born, May 3, 1919

Novelist, Essayist, and Playwright James Baldwin Was Born, August 2, 1924

Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. Was Born, January 15, 1929

Rosa Parks Was Arrested for Civil Disobedience, December 1, 1955

The First March From Selma, March 7, 1965

American Diplomat Ralph Bunche Died, December 9, 1971

Meet Amazing Americans

W.E.B. Du Bois

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Little Rock Crisis

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thurgood Marshall


African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress. It displays more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. It includes a section on the Civil Rights era.

The African-American Mosaic: African-American Culture and History

The guide includes a section on the Great Migration which made northerners more aware of disenfranchisement in the Deep South.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress - Civil Rights

View the multi-media Civil Rights exhibit from the Reason gallery, American Treasures of The Library of Congress.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress - A Letter from Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson describes his debut into baseball , which broke the color barrier that had existed since 1876.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society.

The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom

The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom exhibition presents a retrospective of the major personalities, events, and achievements that shaped the NAACP’s history during its first 100 years.

Voices of Civil Rights

This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the "Voices of Civil Rights" project, a collaborative effort of AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress.

"With an Even Hand": Brown v. Board at Fifty

This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board judicial case.

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide - African-American History and Culture

Prints and Photographs Division

The Civil Rights Era in the U.S. News & World Report Photographs Collection: A Select List

A select list of images of the Civil Rights era from the U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division.

Images of Twentieth Century African American Activists: A Select List (text and images)

A select list of images of individuals frequently requested by researchers for which staff have been able to find acceptable quality images in the Prints and Photographs Division collections.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

The catalog contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and other units of the Library. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship. Find images of Civil rights leaders, Civil rights demonstrations, and images relating to Civil rights

Special Presentation

African-American History Month Portal

In celebration of African-American History Month, the Library developed this Web site highlighting the many resources on African-American history and culture available from the extensive online collections of the Library of Congress.

Teachers Page

Features and Activities

From Slavery to Civil Rights

Use this interactive timeline-based activity to introduce the topic of African-American history through primary sources.


This feature presentation introduces teachers and students to the topic of Immigration. The Social Revolution section discusses civil rights in the United States.

It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons

Use this interactive activity to take apart real-world cartoons and learn how to spot the methods behind the message.

Lesson Plans

After Reconstruction

Students identify problems and issues facing African Americans immediately after Reconstruction using text-based sources.

Segregation: From Jim Crow To Linda Brown

Students explore the era of legalized segregation. This lesson provides a foundation for a more meaningful understanding of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Themed Resources

Civil Rights

Explore the fight for voting rights as well as the racial history of the United States in sports and schools. Study maps, baseball cards and political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and the personal correspondence and oral histories of the famous and the ordinary.

Virtual Programs and Services

Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress

African American Sites in the Digital Collections

This guide highlights contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics and much more as represented in the vast online collections of the Library.

Brown v. Board of Education, A Webliography

May 17, 2004, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision to end segregation in public schools. View selected digitized historical information that enhances classroom research.

A Guide to Materials for Rosa Parks

This guide provides links to resources about Rosa Parks and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

Primary Documents in American History

This Web site provides links to materials in American history digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and enhance the study of crucial documents. The site contains a page with resources for the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified on July 28, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. It also includes a page with resources for the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted African-American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."


Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years

Patricia Sullivan discussed her book Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from The Civil Rights Years in a program sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center.

Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution

Steve Suitts discussed his book Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution.

John Hope Franklin: Where Do We Go from Here?

Distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, recipient of the 2006 John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity, discussed the history of the African-American experience and poses the question, "Where Do We Go from Here?" In a frank and honest discussion, he used his personal experiences to examine the successes and failures of race relations in America.

A Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights

Judge Robert L. Carter, an intellectual architect for the civil rights movement and the man who argued the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court, discussed his recently published memoir, A Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights.

National Book Festival Webcasts

Dorothy Height: 2004 National Book Festival

Dorothy Height discusses her new book Open Wide the Freedom Gate at the National Book Festival.

Juan Williams: 2003 National Book Festival

Juan Williams is senior national correspondent for National Public Radio, contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel. Recipient of an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing, he is the author of several books including the bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. His most recent book is This Far by Faith: Stories from the African-American Religious Experience.

Wise Guide to

He Had A Very Powerful Dream (an article about Martin Luther King Jr.)

He Was Truly Amazing (an article about Thurgood Marshall)

Mandating an 'Even Hand' (an article about the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board)

She Sat Down for What She Believed (an article about Rosa Parks)

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