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Henry Louis Gates Jr. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011

Styberg Library Call Number: Oversize E 185 .G27 2011

“Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.”

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”
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S. Jonathan Bass. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Press, 2001

Styberg Library Call Number: F 334 .B69 N422

“The nationally published “Letter” captured the essence of the struggle for racial equality and provided a blistering critique of the gradualist approach to racial justice. It soon became part of American folklore, and the image of King penning his epistle from a prison cell remains among the most moving of the era. Yet as S. Jonathan Bass explains in the first comprehensive history of King’s “Letter,” this image and the piece’s literary appeal conceal a much more complex tale.”

My Soul Looks Back in Wonder  My soul looks

Juan Williams. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 2004

Main Library Call Number: 323 .17309 W724m

“More than 30 people tell personal stories about the nonviolent struggle for civil rights, then and now, not only the leaders but also ordinary citizens who bear witness to “transforming moments” when they suddenly found the courage to try to change things.”


Race and Place in Birmingham: The Civil Rights and Neighborhood Movements. Race and Place

Bobby M. Wilson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000

Main Library Call Number: 305 .80097 W746r

“This pioneering book explores the implications of postmodernism for the black community through an analysis of the civil rights and neighborhood movements in Birmingham.”


The Civil Rights Movement in American MemoryThe Civil rights Movement

Eds. Renee C. Romano and Leigh Raiford. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Schaffner and Main Library Call Number: 323 .173 C5818

“The movement for civil rights in America peaked in the 1950s and 1960s; however, a closely related struggle, this time over the movement’s legacy, has been heatedly engaged over the past two decades. How the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in American politics and culture―and why it matters―is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection.”

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Thomas Rose and John Greenya. Garrett Park, MD: Garrett Park Press, 1984.

Main Library Call Number: L323 .40922 R797b





The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee and the Use of Public Relations

Vanessa Murphree. New York: Rutledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. The Selling of Civil Rights

Main Library Call Number: 323 .1196 M978s

“The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee formed in April 1960 to advance civil rights. With a tremendous human rights mission facing them, the founding SNCC members included communication and publicity as part of their initial purpose. This book provides a broad overview of these efforts from SNCC’s birth in 1960 until the beginning of its demise in the late 1960s and examines the communication tools that SNCC leaders and members used to organize, launch, and carry out their campaign to promote civil rights throughout the 1960s.”- Google Books

Foot Soldiers for Democracy: The Men, Women, and Children of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement

Eds. Horace Huntley and John W. McKerley. Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.Foot Soldiers for Democ

Main Library Call Number: 323 .1196 F687

“Drawn from the rich archives of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, this collection brings together twenty-nine oral histories from people of varying ages and occupations who participated in civil rights activism at the grassroots level. These highly personal narratives convey the real sense of fear and the risk of bodily danger people had to overcome in order to become the movement’s foot soldiers.” –

Freedom’s Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle Against Racism in America, 1909-1969

Gilbert Jonas. New York: Routledge, 2005.Freedoms Sword

Styberg Library Call Number: E 185.5 .N27 J65

From its pivotal role in overturning the Jim Crow laws in the South to its twenty-year court campaign that culminated with Brown v. the Board of Education, the NAACP has been at the forefront of the struggle against American racism. Gilbert Jonas, a fifty-year veteran of the organization, tracks America’s political and social landscape period by period, as the NAACP grows to 400,000 members and is recognized by both blacks and whites as the leading force for social justice.” –

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 1st edBearing the Cross

David J. Garrow. New York: W Marrow, 1986.

Styberg Library Call Number: E 185.97 .K53G36

“Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, this is the most comprehensive book ever written about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on more than seven hundred interviews with all of King’s surviving associates, as well as with those who opposed him, and enhanced by the author’s access to King’s personal papers and tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents, this is a towering portrait of a man’s metamorphosis into a legend.” –

Personal Narrative of the Sufferings and Escape of William A. Hall

William A. Hall. Cardiff: James Wood, 1862.

Styberg Library Call Number: E 450 .H3

Where I Must Go: A NovelWhere I Must Go

Angela Jackson. Evanston, Ill. : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2009.

Main Library Call Number: 813.54 J118w

“Lyrical, penetrating, and highly charged, this novel displays a delicately tuned sense of difference and belonging. Poet Angela Jackson brings her superb sense of language and of human possibility to the story of young Magdalena Grace, whose narration takes readers through both privilege and privation at the time of the American civil rights movement.”

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Martha Biondi. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Main Library Call Number: 378.19829 B615b

“The Black Revolution on Campus is the definitive account of an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life.” –

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Frederic O. Sargent. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2004.

Main Library Call Number: 323 .1196 S245c

“From the Supreme Court’s decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1955 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 African American students, lawyers, ministers and communities conducted a successful nonviolent campaign against the system of American apartheid in eleven states.” –