The Civil Rights Movement was an extremely significant time during American democracy. We had activists like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks taking a stand for social injustice towards African-Americans and their treatment in society. However, in today’s political and social climate, it’s even more important to know what triggered everything and how some still feel the need to keep oppression in place.
Here are some books you’ll find in our library that can start a healthy discussion about Civil Rights, influential people, and what has changed since it all started.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History – Jeanne Theoharis
The Civil Rights movement has become a national legend as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable has shuttered the movement firmly in the past and diminished its scope. Now it is used in our own times to chastise present-day movements and contemporary justice.
March: Book One – John Lewis
A graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.
March Forward, Girl – Melba Pattillo Beals
A member of the Little Rock Nine shares her memories of growing up in the South under Jim Crow.
Martin Rising – Andrea Pinkney
In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Pinkney conveys the final months of Martin Luther King’s life and of his assassination.
One Crazy Summer – Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, eleven year old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive in Oakland, CA. to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a poet and a printer, is resentful of their visit and wishes for the girls to attend a Black Panther summer camp.
Rosa Parks, My Story – Rosa Parks
The famous Civil Rights activist tells her story about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and how it affected her life afterwards.
Separate is Never Equal – Duncan Tonatiuh
Before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight year old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played a significant role in the landmark desegregation Mendez v. Westminster case in 1946.
Sit-In – Andrea Pinkney
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
The Youngest Marcher – Cynthia Levinson
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.
We March – Shane W. Evans
Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.