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His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Jon Meacham · Random House
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched...
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The Butler: A Witness to History

Wil Haygood · Atria / 37 INK; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars...
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I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walter Dean Myers · HarperCollinsPublishers
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the most celebrated figures of the twentieth century. A crusader for nonviolent social justice, he led African Americans in their demands for equality through peaceful protests during one of the most tumultuous times in recent history. Set against...
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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jeanne Theoharis · Center Point Pub
Pages: 543
Format: Library Binding

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines...

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Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation

Nicholas Guyatt · Basic Books
Pages: 403
Format: Print book

Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that "all men are created equal"? The usual answer is racism, but the reality is more complex and unsettling. In Bind Us Apart, historian Nicholas Guyatt argues that, from the Revolution...
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marshall Frady

A renowned biographer presents an intimate and inspiring portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., drawn from twenty-five years of award-winning commentary on American race relations, that combines the history of the civil rights movement with King's powerful rise to acclaim and influe
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Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Doreen Rappaport · Candlewick; Library Binding edition
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

A powerful trilogy concludes with a look at both famous and lesser-known forces in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.In the summer of 1955, Moses Wright braved mortal danger to testify against three white men accused of murdering Emmett Till — a brutal event that helped to spur...
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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. Jones · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant history that goes beyond the dazzling "I Have a Dream" speech to explore the real significance of the massive march and the movement it inspired.

It was the final speech of a long day, August 28, 1963, when hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall for the March...
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Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights

Jones, Doug · All Points Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Sen. Doug Jones' prosecution of the last living bombers.

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast...

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This Is Your Time

Ruby Bridges
Format: Hardcover

Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby's experience as a child who had no choice but to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen as one of the first black students to integrate...
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The Strange Career of Jim Crow

Richard White · Oxford University Press, USA; Commemorative edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

A commemorative edition for C. Vann Woodward, who died in December 1999, of his classic work on the history of segregation and American race relations. Former Woodward student William McFeely contributes an afterword to discuss how the book achieved its own significance as part of history. ...
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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

Beverly Daniel Tatum · Basic Books
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism-now fully revised and updated Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel...
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D Taylor · Professional Services Center for the Visually Handicapped [Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Pages: 276
Format: Large print book

A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
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Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Julian Bond
Format: Hardcover

Horace "Julian" Bond was an influential social justice activist, politician, and visionary who is best known as one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) . For over two decades, he taught a popular class at the University of Virginia on the history...
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Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

Richard Gergel · Sarah Crichton Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

How the blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard changed the course of America's civil rights history

On February 12, 1946, Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the bus driver's...

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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport · Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some...
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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Gretchen Sorin · Liveright
Format: Paperback

The basis of a major PBS documentary by Ric Burns, this "excellent history" (The New Yorker) reveals how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life.Driving While Black demonstrates that the car -- the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility -- has always...
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Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Steve Luxenberg

A New York Times Editors' Choice

A myth-shattering narrative of how a nation embraced "separation" and its pernicious consequences.

Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with "separate but equal," created remarkably little stir

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A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

RACHEL DEVLIN · Basic Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education
The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits...
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Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King

Kathleen Krull · Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

"Well-behaved women seldom make history." --Laurel Thatcher UlrichWomen Who Broke the Rules celebrates the bold and brave women who have forged their own paths--breaking rules along the way--to help shape our country's past, present, and future. Acclaimed author Kathleen Krull...
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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Kristen Green · Harper
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused...

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Truevine : a strange and troubling tale of two brothers in jim crow america

Beth Macy · Little
Pages: 420
Format: Print book

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia....
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The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

Teri Kanefield · Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement."Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before...
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Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

Candacy Taylor · Abrams Press
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and di cult for African-Americans...
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Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Henry Louis Gates Jr. · Penguin Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition...
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Coretta Scott

Ntozake Shange · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.

A yearning for equality began to grow.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey - with dreams of freedom...

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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Larry Tye · Random House
Pages: 608
Format: Print book

From the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last...
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The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

Gary Younge · Haymarket Books
Format: Hardcover

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DELIVERED his powerful I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This gripping book is rooted...
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Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Diane McWhorter · Simon & Schuster; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

A major work of history, investigative journalism that breaks new ground, and personal memoir, Carry Me Home is a dramatic account of the civil rights eras climactic battle in Birmingham, as the movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation.The Year...
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One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia · Amistad
Pages: 218
Format: Hardcover

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. "This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare."*

Eleven-year-old...

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Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box

Evette Dionne · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

For African American women, the fight for the right to vote was only one battle. An eye-opening book that tells the important, overlooked story of black women as a force in the suffrage movement--when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle.Susan B. Anthony....
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Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support (Captured History)

Shelley Tougas · Compass Point Books
Pages: 64
Format: Library Binding

In May 1963 news photographer Charles Moore was on hand to document the Childrens Crusade, a civil rights protest. But the photographs he took that day did more than document an event; they helped change history. His photograph of a trio of African-American teenagers being slammed against...
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