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Civil Rights LibGuide: Civil Rights

For 8th graders, Wells

1960s Overview

"The 1960s was a decade when hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans gave new life to the nation's democratic ideals. African Americans used sit-ins, freedom rides, and protest marches to fight segregation, poverty, and unemployment. Feminists demanded equal job opportunities and an end to sexual discrimination. Mexican Americans protested discrimination in voting, education, and employment. Native Americans demanded that the government recognize their land claims and the right of tribes to govern themselves. Environmentalists demanded legislation to control the amount of pollution released into the environment... In a far-reaching effort to reduce poverty, alleviate malnutrition, extend medical care, provide adequate housing, and enhance the employability of the poor, President Lyndon Johnson launched his Great Society Program in 1964" (Mintz & McNeil, 2013).

Mintz, S., & McNeil, S. (2013). Digital History. Retrieved March 1, 2013 from

Background Information

CNN Interactive - virtual tour of the Civil Rights Movement

African American Odyssey - Civil Rights Movement - primary sources from the Library of Congress. 

PBS: Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985

PBS: African American World: History: My Story: Ruby Bridges Hall (segregation/integration)

The King Center

Key events:  Civil Rights Movement (map)

Martin Luther King - map

Freedom Rides Map


Useful Websites

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Civil Rights

Civil Rights Resource Guide: a huge list of specific topical websites on the Civil Rights Movment

American Civil Liberties UnionThe official Web page for the ACLU, an organization that is "the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights -- litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States."

Civi Rights: The Lyndon B. Johnson Library presents Civil Rights history for kids.

Interactive Civil Rights Chronology: This Yale University website presents a civil rights timeline from 1502 through 2000.

American Civil Rights Institute: "A national civil rights organization created to educate the public about racial and gender preferences."

Voices of the Civil Rights: The Library of Congress, AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights have created this site to collect personal narratives about the civil rights era.

Martin Luther King Jr., Research and Education Institute: The University of Stanford looks at the significant events in the Civil Rights Movement as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s role in this important time in US history.

Civil Rights Time Line: InfoPlease presents a detailed timeline of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Right Era: The Library of Congress presents information and historic items related to civil rights in America.

We Shall Overcome, Historic Places in the Civil Rights Movement: The National Park Service presents landmarks of significant historic landmarks in the Civil Rights Movement.

Oh Freedom Over Me: This site presents text and audio information regarding what came to be known the Mississippi Burning Trial, when three civil rights workers who set up voter registration opportunities for African Americans in the South were killed.

Turbulent Times, The Civil Rights Movement: This Thinkquest site presents a good overview of the civil rights movement.

Reporting Civil Rights: This site highlights the journalism of the US civil rights movement.

Civil Rights in Mississippi: This site contains audio clips and transcripts from interviews with significant figures in the Mississippi civil rights movement.

Prints and Photographs Collection: The Library of Congress provides online access to over one million photos and images of historical significance. Search the collection by typing in "civil rights" or more specific terms related to the civil rights movement.


Books in our Library

DESTINY, our library catalog.

Click the Destiny link above.

Type in the words "civil rights"

Scroll through the list of books available in our library.

Note the call number and find the book on the shelf.


Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain't going to be turned around.
Ralph Abernathy

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".

Martin Luther King, Jr.