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The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore - Powerful Days
(Charles Moore was one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement. Without the publishing of his dramatic photographs in Life Magazine, and the work of other photojournalists, the public perhaps would not have been galvanized into action against the atrocities of segregation.)


Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann in a 
crowd. Photo taken on 08/28/1963.  (National Archives)
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann in a crowd. Photo taken on 08/28/1963.

  • A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum - Did you know...A. Philip Randolph first planned a March on Washington in 1941 to protest against governmental hiring practices that excluded African Americans from federal employment and federal contracts?
  • African American History: Welcome - This project documents a selection of important events in African American history. Currently it begins with the 1857 Dred Scott case and continues through Plessy v. Ferguson, the civil rights movement from 1955-1965, and school integration. It may be expanded in the future to contain information on other topics as well.
  • American Women in the Civil Rights Movement - A course by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute featuring six women in the Civil Rights Movement based on the literature of Eloise Greenfield.
  • The 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing - Information and history of the Birmingham Church bombing of 1963.
  • Civil Rights - A high-school level overview of the civil rights struggle, from Reconstruction through Dr. King.
  • Civil Rights Author Discusses Birmingham, Alabama Revolution - Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Carry Me Home, discusses the revoltion that led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in an interview with Jerry Jazz Musician.
  • Civil Rights Events, Strategies, and Forces - Captures several milestones, personalities, and influences that helped civil rights in America.
  • Civil Rights History Guide - The History Beat - The Search Beat covers a variety of topics, including a Civil Rights History Guide with top Civil Rights history, timelines of the Civil Rights struggle, and resources. Well organized by time periods; includes civil rights photography.
  • Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive - The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive is an Internet-accessible, fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.Mississippi was a focal point in the struggle for civil rights in America, and Hattiesburg, where USM is located, had the largest and most successful Freedom Summer project in 1964. The original sources collected in the state represent local collections with truly national significance. Digitization provides an opportunity to make indigenous resources of this type available to a worldwide audience.
  • Civil Rights Movement: March on Washington 1963 - A short history leading to and following the March 18, 1963 March on Washington D.C. for Jobs and Freedom.
  • Civil Rights Oral History - A bibliography of interviews about the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
  • Click2History - Jim Crow Laws - Cites infamous "Jim Crow" laws against African Americans, with embedded links from national archives
  • Facing History and Ourselves - Educational organization. Video clips of individuals who involved the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 60s. Also describes educational and professional development programs and resources, lists regional offices, and provides news and event calendar.
  • Freetown Villiage - A Living History Museum - Freetown Village is a living history museum which depicts the lives and lifestyles of free African Americans in the year 1870. This symbolic community represents many of the predominantly African American settlements scattered throughout Indiana during the post-Civil War years. The residents of Freetown Village are composite characters of the approximately 3,000 men, women and children identified on the 1870 Indianapolis census.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-Ins - The Greensboro News and Record and Public Library chronicle the 1960 sit-in movement with a timeline, photos, and voices of the participants.
  • Harry T. Moore Homesite - Mims, Florida - Harry T. Moore Homesite site commemorates lives of two pioneering American Black civil rights workers, murdered in 1951. Organized first Brevard Co. Chapter NAACP in 1934, and led Florida fight for equality and justice. First killing of prominent civil rights leaders, historical spark helped ignite American civil rights movement.
  • Historic Places in the Civil Rights Movements - The National Parks Services' story of the Civil Rights Movement centered around places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The History of Jim Crow - An educator's site that presents teachers with historical resources and teaching ideas on one of the most shameful periods in American history.
  • Ideas of Black Civil Rights Leaders - A short essay comparing the ideas of Civil Rights and African nationalism leaders.
  • Integrating Ole Miss - The Kennedy Presidential Library's account of James Meredith, the African-American student whose attempt to register at the University of Mississippi in 1962 provoked violent confrontation. Time lines, biographical profiles, and primary sources.
  • Jim Crow Online - The official home of the PBS documentary, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.
  • Juneteenth Worldwide Celebration - Website brings together the spirit of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings.
  • Little Rock Central High 40th Anniversary - Background and history of events during the integration of Central High in 1957. Photos, articles, and news releases are published. Museum and visitor's center information is provided.
  • Men and Women in Struggle - In memory of the men and women who helped in the struggle to achieve mankind's greatest victories.
  • Milliken's Bend - Black Soldiers Defeat Confederates - Black soldiers vindicated President Abraham Lincoln by defeating Confederate soldiers at Milliken's Bend, in the critical battle for Vicksburg in the Civil War. As a result, most barriers to the enlistment and effective deployment of Colored recruits were eliminated in pursuit of the ultimate Union victory. Most of the Colored infantry had minimal training, were outnumbered and ill-equipped. Nevertheless, in close hand-to-hand combat, they routed the "Rebs" and won respect previously denied by both sides of the conflagration. Site features maps, links, historical articles, discussion group.
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Documentation Project - Funded by the Mississippi state legislature, presentation includes oral history bibliography, oral history transcripts, and civil rights timeline.
  • A Modern History of Blacks in Mathematics - A contemporary history of Blacks in Mathematics,featuring the first African Americans in the Mathematical Sciences and related events in the past 300 years. Links are presented in a timeline and include such information as first African American to obtain Ph.D. in math, first black math professors and related links.
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott - Describes the incident which started on December 1, 1955, when Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and move to the back of the bus.
  • A Photographic History of The Civil Rights Movement - Photos and text from The Civil Rights Movement.
  • Reporting Civil Rights - Features reporters and journalism of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • Sojourn to the Past - Offers students, educators and parents the chance to travel for ten days through the South visiting the most dramatic sites and hearing the speakers that first witnessed and created the civil rights movement
  • The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott - Review of 1955-1956 landmark events from the Montgomery Advertiser. Features newspaper front pages, article archives, biographies of key pioneers, timeline of events, video clips.
  • Three Victims of the Freedom Summer 1964 Civil Rights Movement - A sculptural portrayal of James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, slain in the struggle for civil rights that they lived for, and that we all have.
  • Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement - Personal testimony and contact information from veterans of the Southern Freedom Movement.
  • Viola Liuzzo - Civil Rights Activist (1925-1965) - Viola Liuzzo, a white housewife who was killed while fighting for the rights of whites and nonwhites alike.
  • Voices of Civil Rights - The Voices of Civil Rights, a joint effort of AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress collects and preserves untold accounts of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois, The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 - Randy Sydnor's audio interview of Dr. Daniel Levering Lewis, Du Bois biographer, on the show, Oxford Review.

  • National Center for Public Policy Research: Brown v. Board of Education - An unofficial text of the Supreme Court's landmark civil rights case. (May 17, 1954)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Date 08/28/1963  (National Archives)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Photo taken on 08/28/1963.

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People waiting for a bus at a bus terminal with Sign: WHITE WAITING ROOM in Memphis, Tennessee.  September 1943. (Library of Congress LC-USW3-38020-E)
People waiting for a bus at a bus terminal
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September 1943.

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A drinking fountain. with sign: WHITE at shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. May 1943. (Library of Congress LC-USW3-26442-E)
A drinking fountain. with sign: WHITE
at shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland.
May 1943.

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