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YDL Librarians have put together an amazing list of items to encourage you to read deeper, learn more, and share your thoughts with your fellow readers.

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As part of the For All the World to See Virtual Exhibit, you can submit a review of one of the books below, and get a free copy of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. View the exhibit and submit your review.


Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights

By Bob Adelman

A stirring visual tribute to the Civil Rights Movement and the long and difficult battle for racial equality in more than 150 extraordinary photos of the leaders and events of the era.

Hungry Heart: A Memoir

By Gordon Parks

Photographer, filmmaker, composer, novelist, and memoirist, Gordon Parks has participated in, witnessed, and documented many of the major events in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.

Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography

By Deborah Willis

Contributors including Angela Davis examine the personal and public issues embedded in family portraits and news photographs, movie stills, and mug shots.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families, from the end of World War I through the 1970s. 

The Civil Rights Movement: An Eyewitness History

By Sanford Wexler

Speeches, articles, and other writings trace the history of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., primarily from 1954 to 1965, and the roots of the movement in the years following the Emancipation Proclamation to the Reconstruction period.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

By Jon Meacham

Explore the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movements to understand American politics today, with a long-term perspective on American history and the belief that the soul of America is made of kindness and caring.

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

By Taylor Branch

Branch’s Pulitzer-prize winning book traces the birth of the American Civil Rights movement and provides a portrait of King’s rise to greatness, including the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that took place behind closed door and ultimately, through siege and murder, determined history.

The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History

By Stephen Kasher

150 photographs that chronicle the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Summer, local and national movements, and the marches and speeches of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

By Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff

An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials, and photos in the American press—and the journalists responsible for them—profoundly changed the nation’s thinking about Civil Rights in the South during the ’50s and ‘60s.

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

By Diane McWhorter

A dramatic account of the Civil Rights era’s climactic battle in Birmingham, as the movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. brought down the institutions of segregation.

Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement 1830-1970

By Lynne Olson

From the Montgomery bus boycott to the lunch counter sit-ins to the Freedom Rides, Lynne Olson tells the overlooked story of the women who were among the most fearless, resourceful, and tenacious leaders of the Civil Rights movement.

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

By Faith S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Jean Smith Young

Fifty two women–northern and southern, Black, white, and Latina–discuss working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the Civil Rights movement.

Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Laws That Changed America

By Nick Kotz

The first comprehensive account of the relationship between President Johnson and MLK using FBI wiretaps, Johnson’s taped telephone conversations, and previously undisclosed discussions.


Voices of Civil Rights 

History Channel Documentary

The Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s–a tumultuous time marked by frequent tragedy and occasional triumph–is examined in this provocative two-disc, four-hour set containing five programs produced for the History Channel.

American Experience: Freedom Summer

PBS Documentary

In the deadly summer of 1964 in Mississippi, over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most segregated states — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965

PBS Documentary 

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, view all of the major events of the Civil Rights movement from 1954-1985. Topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

PBS Documentary 

Explore with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. the evolution of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.