Civil Rights Resource Guide
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 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
Rosa Parks Was Arrested for Civil Disobedience, December
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.
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
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.
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.
Treasures of the Library of Congress - A Letter from Jackie
Jackie Robinson describes his debut into baseball , which
broke the color barrier that had existed since 1876.
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.
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.
an Even Hand": Brown v. Board at Fifty
This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary
of the landmark Brown v. Board judicial case.
Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide - African-American History and Culture
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.
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
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
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.
Features and Activities
Slavery to Civil Rights
Use this interactive timeline-based activity to introduce
the topic of African-American history through primary
This feature presentation introduces teachers and students
to the topic of Immigration. The Social
Revolution section discusses civil rights in the United
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
Students identify problems and issues facing African
Americans immediately after Reconstruction using text-based
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.
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..
Web Guides produced
by the Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights
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
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.
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.
Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal
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
Height: 2004 National Book Festival
Dorothy Height discusses her new book Open Wide the
Freedom Gate at the National Book Festival.
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
Had A Very Powerful Dream (an article about Martin
Luther King Jr.)
Was Truly Amazing (an article about Thurgood Marshall)
an 'Even Hand' (an article about the commemoration
of the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board)
Sat Down for What She Believed (an article about Rosa