Civil Rights Movement
During the 1950s and ‘60s, African-Americans campaigned for an end to racial discrimination through a series of non-violent protests and marches. The Civil Rights Movement culminated with the passage of federal laws banning discrimination in voting, employment, housing and other sectors of American society.
Learn about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement with this compilation of secondary sources.
“Eyes of the Prize” is a 14-hour documentary series produced in the late 1980s that examined the struggle for civil rights. The companion Web site for the series examines 25 significant events
with video excerpts. It also includes profiles of people and organizations, accounts of noteworthy milestones, reflective essays from those who lived through the era, and an assortment of primary source material.
The National Parks Service
recounts the Civil Rights Movement through a virtual tour of historic sites, such as Little Rock Central High School, the Selma-to-Montgomery march route, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home.
The Dirksen Congressional Center
provides a detailed timeline of the Civil Rights lawmaking process between 1963 and 1965 with links to primary source material interspersed.
Primary source material allows researchers to gain deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.
The National Archives
has organized its holdings by subjects such as Civil Rights and the NAACP, the Civil Rights and Voting Acts, and School Desegregation. It also has holdings dedicated to Civil Rights figures such as Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.
The University of Virginia
has streaming video of news reports on Civil Rights topics between 1955 and 1969. It also has a small collection of primary sources and interviews relating to the movement in Virginia.
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement from the people who lived through it.
“Voices of Civil Rights”
is a compilation of personal accounts submitted by “ordinary” people who participated or were influenced by the Civil Rights Movement. It is a joint project of the AARP, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Library of Congress.
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