The Civil Rights Movement: A Summer Institute
July 26-30 , 2010

Web Resources
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Civil Rights Background Information


Civil Rights Digital Library


Plan to spend a great deal of time on this site!  Use the search field, or browse their digital library by events, places, people, or topics.  The educator resources page includes annotated bibliographies, quizzes, worksheets, timelines, study guides, teaching guides, slide shows, and lesson plans.



The NAACP (formed partly in response to the 1908 race riot in Springfield, IL) website has a tremendous list of resources, including articles on advocacy and a fantastic interactive timeline.

Atlanta History Center

This database of the Atlanta History Center contains over 16,000 photographs.  Topics include politics & elections, sports, the Civil Rights Movement, and many more.  You can browse, search, and purchase high resolution images.        

Digital Library of Georgia

This collection of digital resources includes a variety of Civil Rights photographs from 1945 to the 1980s.

Library of Congress – Themed Resources for Teachers


Includes primary source sets, lesson plans, exhibitions and presentations, and a site for students that includes numerous online activities and background information.

Civil Rights Movement Veterans

Civil Rights Movement Veterans – Documents of the Southern Freedom Movement 1951-1968

Civil Rights Movement Veterans – About the website

This site is devoted to the “Southern Freedom Movement” – the Freedom Movement as it existed in the South.  It includes photos, discussions, a timeline, and much more.  Related sites are listed below.

National Civil Rights Museum – Teacher Resources


This page of the Civil Rights Museum site includes an eLearning activity inviting students to play the role of a school newspaper reporter assigned to ride the Montgomery, Alabama bus system in 1955.  Also on this page are primary source analysis guides, scavenger hunts, and worksheets

PBS American Experience: Eyes on the Prize – Teacher’s Guide


These lesson plans includes activities to accompany the 14 hours of Eyes on the Prize.  An interesting accompaniment is the “Featured Educators and Teaching Ideas” which includes tips that teachers have shared with PBS – you, too, can send in your own for possible inclusion on the page.

PBS American Experience: Eyes on the Prize – Primary Sources


As an accompaniment to the famous PBS documentary, you will find several documents here that express various views of the Civil Rights Movement.  Some examples:  President Kennedy answering press questions about the conflict in Birmingham, Alabama’s application for would-be voters, and a position paper on the problems in Chicago.



Choose from lesson plans on Brown v. Board of Education, the arrest records of Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson, and the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike.

African American Odyssey: Civil Rights (Library of Congress)


This Library of Congress collection is organized into two parts – Part I contains documents on segregation and Civil Rights in the Arena and on the Stage, while Part II focuses on sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, and demonstrations.  Fantastic pictures and background information for you and your students.

Scholastic – Civil Rights History Mystery Game, Teacher Resource

Click on Civil Rights Movement to get to the History Mystery Game.  Scholastic provides clues and will give students tips on how to find the correct answer.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – Civil Rights

This collection of resources from Gilder Lehrman includes lesson plans for 5th-12th grade students, an “online jukebox” of songs from the Civil Rights Movement, and interesting articles in the “Historian’s Perspective” section

Library of Congress – Voices of Civil Rights on-line exhibition

This online exhibition draws from thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the “Voices of the Civil Rights” project.

The Seattle Times – Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement


This website includes background on Dr. King, a photo gallery, a selection of speeches & sermons, and articles that appeared in the Seattle Times related to Dr. King and African-American history.  There is also a timeline, study guide, and list of web resources for you and your students.

Photographs from the Civil Rights Movement by Charles Moore.


Moore’s career began when he was the only photographer at the scene of an argument between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and two policemen.  The pictures of King’s arrest were distributed nationwide.  Moore went on to take some of the most significant pictures of the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute


The King Research and Education Institute includes a variety of resources, including King’s speeches and sermons, background information, and a weekly featured document.

Background information for upcoming keynotes

Malcolm X: A Research Site


This website offers a tremendous amount of information regarding Malcolm X.  There is a link to the text of each of his speeches, a detailed chronology of his life, study guides about Malcolm X, and an extensive bibliography and webliography

The Smoking Gun: The Malcolm X Files

This website includes primary documents related to the life and death of Malcolm X.  Documents posted include court exhibits, interviews with his widow, and various documents from his life.  The Smoking Gun is owned by TimeWarner and uses the Freedom of Information Acts to obtain its documents.

Mississippi Burning

In preparation for the Tuesday afternoon keynote by Barry Bradford, view this website that describes how he and his students collaborated with a newspaper reporter to get the Mississippi Burning case reopened as a project for National History Day.

The Mississippi Burning Case

This website contains a very detailed account of the murder of three civil rights workers from the Mississippi Summer Project and the FBI investigation and trial that followed.  In addition, this site offers many links to primary documents and articles related to the case.

Oral History interview with Julian Bond
AHTC Web Resource Lists

Memphis:  Music, the Mississippi, and Marching for Freedom

African American Education


Brown v. Board of Education

Civil Rights History Blurred Resources

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute: Let Justice Roll Down—The Civil Rights Movement Through Film (1954-1965)

This website provides an eleventh grade curriculum unit focusing on teaching the Civil Rights Movement through film.  Film used in the unit includes Separate But Equal, The Long Walk Home, The Ernest Green Story, Ghosts of Mississippi, Mississippi Burning, and Malcolm X.

Alabama Department of Archives and History: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

In addition to articles from the Montgomery Adviser, this website includes the text from the flyer circulated by Montgomery Improvement Association following settlement of boycott giving suggestions for riding the integrated busses.

The Montgomery Advertiser: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

This website presents a wealth of information about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  In addition to biographies from participants, it contains excellent primary source material including AP articles from the time of the boycott, video interviews with participants, and PDFs of the newspaper front pages during the boycott

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

This website contains a detailed explanation about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  This page is part of a larger site that includes detailed explanations of major events in the Civil Rights Movement.

NPR: The Legacy of Medgar Evers

This website gives an extensive biography on Medgar Evers including details from his early life, involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.  It also offers a list of external links with more information about Evers.

Information Clearing House: Federal Bureau of Intimidation

This website presents an article written by historian Howard Zinn entitled “Federal Bureau of Intimidation.”  This article includes Zinn’s criticisms of the FBI, including their handling of the Mississippi Burning investigation in 1964.

The Official Website of Malcolm X


The Official Website of Malcolm X includes a detailed biography, a photo gallery, and the text of his eulogy.  It also contains links to a timeline, a list of Malcolm X’s achievements, and quotations.