Civil Rights Movement Resources

Civil Rights Movement Resources

The following books are located at the Toman Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

American civil rights : biographies / Phillis Engelbert ; Betz Des Chenes, editor.
Location - E184.A1E594 1999

Black women leaders of the civil rights movement / Zita Allen
        Location – Elementary E185.61.A4415 1996
                    Adult E185.61.A4415 1996

The American civil rights movement : the African-American struggle for equality / Linda Jacobs Altman
        Location – Elementary E185.61.A447 2004

Free at last : a history of the Civil Rights Movement and those who died in the struggle / Sara Bullard ; introduction by Julian Bond
        Location – Elementary E185.61 .B926 1993

Civil rights : the struggle for Black equality / by Charles George
        Location – Elementary E185.61.G286 2001
                     Adult E185.61.G286 2001

The Freedom Rides / James Haskins.
Location - Elementary E185.61 .H36 1995

There comes a time : the struggle for Civil Rights / by Milton Meltzer.

Location - Elementary E185.61 .M53 2001

Sit-in : how four friends stood up by sitting down / by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
        Location – Easy E185.61.P596 2010

Free at last? : the civil rights movement and the people who made it / by Fred Powledge
        Location – Adult E185.61.P75 1990

Speaking out : the Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1964 / Kevin Supples
        Location – Elementary E185.61.S945 2006

Freedom song : young voices and the struggle for civil rights / Mary C. Turck.
Location – Elementary E185.61.T845 2009

Women in the civil rights movement : trailblazers and torchbearers, 1941-1965 / edited by Vicki L. Crawford, Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods ; associate editors, Broadus Butler, Marymal Dryal, and Melissa Walker.
        Location – Adult E185.61.W83 1993

Freedom's children : young civil rights activists tell their own stories / Ellen Levine ; illustrated with photographs
        Location – Elementary E185.615.L477 2000

Marching for freedom : walk together, children, and don't you grow weary / by Elizabeth Partridge.
Location - Elementary E185.93.A3P37 2009

Freedom Riders : John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the civil rights movement / by Ann Bausum ; forewords by Freedom Riders Congressman John Lewis and Jim Zwerg.
        Location – Elementary E185.96.B355 2006

Journals from the past : a historical look at African-American figures / written by Marilyn Foster.
Location – Elementary E185.96.F7 2001

Fannie Lou Hamer : fighting for the right to vote / Laura Baskes Litwin.

Location - Elementary E185.97.H35 L58 2002

Coretta Scott King / by Cynthia Klingel.

Location - Elementary E185.97.K47K57 1999

Dare to dream : Coretta Scott King and the civil rights movement / by Angela Shelf Medearis ; illustrated by Anna Rich
        Location – Elementary E185.97.K47M43 1999 (two copies)

Coretta Scott / poetry by Ntozake Shange ; paintings by Kadir Nelson.
Location – Easy E185.97.K47S53 2009

Marching to the mountaintop : how poverty, labor fights, and civil rights set the stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final hours / by Ann Bausum.
Location - Elementary E185.97.K5B38 2012

Read about Martin Luther King, Jr. / Stephen Feinstein.
Location - Easy E185.97.K5F45 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr. : a dream of hope / Alice Fleming.

Location - Elementary E185.97.K5F58 2008

I have a dream : the life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. / by Jim Haskins.
Location - Elementary E185.97.K5 H32 1992

I've seen the promised land : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Leonard Jenkins.

Location - Easy E185.97.K5M936 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr. : civil rights pioneer / Valerie Schloredt & Pam Brown.
Location - Elementary E185.97.K5S345 2003

Bayard Rustin : behind the scenes of the civil rights movement / James Haskins
        Location – Elementary E185.97.R93H37 1997

Ida B. Wells : mother of the civil rights movement / by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin.

Location – Elementary E185.97.W55 F73 2000

John Lewis : from freedom rider to Congressman / Christine M. Hill.

Location - Elementary E840.8.L43 H55 2002

Black & white : the confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor / Larry Dane Brimner.

Location – Elementary F334.B69B76 2011

A picture book of Rosa Parks / David A. Adler ; illustrated by Robert Casilla.

Location - Easy F334.M753P3823 1993

Freedom walkers : the story of the Montgomery bus boycott / Russell Freedman.

Location - Elementary F334.M79N43 2006

The Montgomery bus boycott / Frank Walsh.

Location – Elementary F334.M79 N484 2003

Going to school during the civil rights movement / by Rachel A. Koestler
        Location – Elementary LC214.2.K64 2002

The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights / by Russell Freedman.

Location – Elementary ML3930.A5F73 2004 (two copies)

This is the dream / by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander ; illustrated by James Ransome.
Location - PS3619.H665T48 2006 (two copies)

Fiction Books
The rock and the river / by Kekla Magoon.
Location - Elementary Fiction - MAG

One crazy summer / by Rita Williams-Garcia.
Location - Elementary Fiction - WIL

Teacher Resources
American civil rights : primary sources / [compiled by] Phillis Engelbert ; edited by Betz Des Chenes
        Location – Elementary Reference E184.A1A56 1999

Voices of freedom : an oral history of the civil rights movement from the 1950s through the 1980s / [compiled by] Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer with Sarah Flynn
        Location – Adult E185.61.H224 1991

We shall overcome : a song that changed the world / by Stuart Stotts ; foreword by Pete Seeger ; with illustrations by Terrance Cummings.
Location - Elementary ML3561.W45S75 2010 (Multimedia)

For additional books, search the Chicago Public Library Catalog at

keyword search - Civil Rights Movement

keyword search - [search specific civil rights leader]

                Martin Luther King

                Malcolm X

     Ruby Bridges


Prepared by K. Hlousek, Zapata Academy Librarian