External Web Sites
Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, from PBS
The site includes resources about the civil-rights activist
Brown v. Board of Education
National Historic Site
The site consists of the Monroe Elementary School, one
of the four segregated elementary schools for African-American
children in Topeka, and the adjacent grounds.
Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925
This compilation of printed texts traces how Southern
African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant
Christianity into the central institution of community
life. It includes The
barbarous decision of the United States Supreme Court
declaring the Civil Rights Act unconstitutional and disrobing
the Colored race of all civil protection : the most cruel
and inhuman verdict against a loyal people in the history
of the world : also the powerful speeches of Hon. Frederick
Douglass and Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, jurist and famous
orator. Search this collection, using the phrase "civil rights,"
to find other items related to civil rights.
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding
of the Civil Rights Movement by helping users discover primary
sources and other educational materials from libraries,
archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a
Rights Oral History Interviews provided by Washington State
This site focuses on Washington state residents with ties
to the Civil Rights Movement. Includes an interview with
Flip Schulke, who photographed James Meredith’s (University
of Mississippi’s first African American student) first
day at the University of Mississippi, and other interviews
with participants in the movement.
Cornell University Library Making of America Collection
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The
collection includes Civil
Rights in Court. [The American missionary. / Volume 0043,
Issue 8, Aug 1889] and The
U. S. Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Act. [New Englander
and Yale review. / Volume 0043, Issue 178, January 1884].
Explore Martin Luther King Jr.,
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with this special collection of videos and web-exclusive features from trusted public media partners. Each of the features below is a window into a documentary or program about MLK and his legacy on civil rights and equality in the U.S.
One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent
Lens film about four college students who, in 1960, "began
a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in a small city
in North Carolina. The act of simply sitting down to order
food in a restaurant that refused service to anyone but
whites is now widely regarded as one of the pivotal moments
in the American Civil Rights Movement." Features biographies,
photos, related links, and lesson plans.
Freedom Never Dies:
The Legacy of Harry T. Moore
Devoted to "one of the forerunners of the civil rights
movement in America," who "did groundbreaking
work in Florida [during the 1930s and 40s] in registering
African American voters, investigating lynchings and police
brutality, and fighting for equal education for blacks and
whites." Includes letters from the NAACP organizer,
a timeline (1896-1968), teacher's guide, interactive map,
comments on Moore's legacy, and investigations of his unsolved
Ford Museum: Rosa Parks Bus
This site includes information about Rosa Parks and the
story behind the bus in which she made history.
Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights,
from the University of Maryland School of Law
The Thurgood Marshall Library at the University of Maryland
has worked since 2001 to create a complete electronic record
of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications
held in the Library's collection and available on the USCCR
Web site. The publications are made available over the Internet
as page image presentations in PDF format. Each item is
linked to the appropriate bibliographic record in the Catalog.
Publications are also searchable by keyword and accessible
by date and title.
The King Center
This site provides links to information about Martin Luther
King Jr., as well as a complete transcript of the MLK assassination
Legacy of Medgar Evers, from National Public Radio (NPR)
This site for a radio show includes information about the
legacy of the 1963 murder of Mississippi civil-rights leader
Medgar Evers. The story notes that "once the leader
in the number of lynchings in America, today Mississippi
leads in the number of elected black officials." Includes
audio of the show, Evers speaking, and the "Ballad
of Medgar Evers," sung by the SNCC (Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers. Also includes links
to related material.
Back - Brown v. Board of Education, from National Public Radio
In a series of stories, NPR explores the high court's decision
and its repercussions.
X Project at Columbia University
Since its inception in 2001, the Malcolm X Project at Columbia
University has been concerned primarily with gathering and
illuminating new research about El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
through two major initiatives: 1) the construction of a
robust, web-based, multimedia version of The Autobiography
of Malcolm X, and 2) the research and development of a biography
of Malcolm X written by Dr. Manning Marable, the project’s
King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, from the Seattle
The Seattle Times presents an excellent collection of essays,
sound clips, and photographs, as well as reflections from
people who knew the civil-rights leader.
King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
The King Papers Project, initiated by the King Center
for Nonviolent Social Change, has been developed to host
a definitive collection of King's most significant correspondence,
sermons, speeches, and unpublished manuscripts.
The Murder of
Emmett Till, from PBS
The site includes information about the killing of Emmett
Till that mobilized the Civil Rights Movement.
Museum of American History: Separate Is Not Equal, Brown v.
Board of Education
This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of
the landmark Brown v. Board of Education judicial
Freedom Over Me
Like the 2000 American Radio Works series on which it is
based, this site documents the events of the 1964 "Freedom
Summer" voter-registration drive in Mississippi. Read
or listen to transcripts from the series and interviews
with Freedom Summer alumni, or click through the slideshow.
This 2001 American Radio Works documentary covers the
pre-civil rights Jim Crow South. It is a mix of history,
first-person narratives, slideshows, and reference material
that draws heavily from "Behind the Veil," the
oral history project from Duke University's Center for Documentary
The site presents the reporters and journalism of the American
Civil Rights movement. Find writer profiles, a timeline
for 1941 through 1973, and "Perspectives on Reporting,"
which features personal recollections from reporters active
in that era. A companion to the two-volume set from the
Library of America, Reporting Civil Rights.
The Rise and Fall
of Jim Crow
The four-part PBS documentary explores the "crushing
subordination" for Southern blacks in an exploration
of racial segregation from the end of slavery to the beginning
of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development was co-founded in February 1987 by Mrs. Rosa Parks and Ms. Elaine Eason Steele, in honor of Raymond Parks (1903 – 1977). It is the living legacy of two individuals who committed their lives to civil and human rights. The site includes a biography, photo gallery, and timeline.
Six Years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Covers the first six years of the organization's history,
presenting its stand and activities on nonviolence, the
Vietnam War, white liberalism, feminism, and Black Power.
Also find profiles of prominent members John Lewis, Julian
Bond, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses, Ella Baker, and Stokeley
Carmichael, and information on events (sit-ins, Freedom
Rides, the Freedom Ballot, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic
Party, and the 1963 March on Washington). Includes a timeline
and sound files.
With Documents: Beyond the Playing Field - Jackie Robinson,
Civil Rights Advocate, from the National Arhives and Records
The National Archives and Records Administration holds
numerous records relating to Jackie Robinson, many of which
pertain to his period of civil-rights advocacy. Several
belonging to that time have been reproduced on the site
for educators teaching courses that involve civil-rights
events and issues, character education, and effective citizenship
News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970, from the University
The project aims to collect, digitize, and present television
news footage from the period in streaming video format and
to make these valuable materials available to scholars,
teachers, and students. The project is currently a research
work in progress.
Equality: Harper's Weekly Reports on Black America, 1857-1874
Text and Imagery taken from Harper's Weekly dating
from 1857-74 on the subjects of the Civil War, slavery,
Reconstruction, and culture and society. Some of the information
here relates to the later Civil Rights Movement. There is
also a link to information about the nineteenth century
Ku Klux Klan hearings.
University: Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The site includes information about the life of Rosa Parks
and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement,
from the National Park Service
This site includes background information on the civil
rights movement plus photographs of important events and
more than forty significant historical sites.