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Past Events

Come to Washington D.C.

Come to
Washington, D.C.
August 24th &
August 28th, 2013
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Four Girls Jubilee, September 15, 2013

Four Girls Jubilee
Call to Action
September 15, 2013
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MLK Research and Education Institute, Stanford University, online civil rights movement encyclopedia, searchable documents, other resource


King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia, 10,000 digital documents


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, museum and education center


Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, Tenn.,  Center for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South, supporting people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability


Images to nurture our souls





James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time, classic call for black liberation (Dial Press, 1963)


Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters, MLK biography 1955-1963 (Simon & Schuster, 1988)


Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire, MLK biography 1963-1965 (Simon & Schuster, 1998)


Stewart Burns, “We Will Stand Here Till We Die”: Freedom Movement Shakes America, Shapes Martin Luther King Jr. (CreateSpace, Kindle, 2013)


Stewart Burns, To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mission to Save America (HarperCollins, 2004)


Stewart Burns, Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott (University of North Carolina Press, 1997)


Stewart Burns, Social Movements of the 1960s: Searching for Democracy (Twayne/Simon & Schuster, 1990)


Clayborne Carson, In Struggle, history of SNCC (Harvard University Press, 1981)


Dorothy F. Cotton, If Your Back’s Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement, memoir (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2012)


W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, classic work on African-American culture, psychology, and spirituality (1903)


Glenn T. Eskew, But for Birmingham, history of the Birmingham movement (University of North Carolina Press, 1997)


David J. Garrow, Bearing the Cross, MLK biography (Morrow, 1986)


Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, volumes 1-6 (University of California Press)


Martin Luther King Jr., Stride Toward Freedom, memoir of Montgomery bus boycott (Harper & Row, 1958)


Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, memoir of Birmingham movement including “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (Harper & Row, 1963)


Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (Beacon Press, 1967)


Cynthia Levinson, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March (Peachtree, 2012)


John Lewis (with Michael D’Orso), Walking with the Wind, memoir (Harvest/Harcourt Brace, 1998)


Andrew M. Manis, A Fire You Can’t Put Out, biography of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (University of Alabama Press, 1999)


Diane McWhorter, Carry Me Home, history/memoir of the Birmingham movement (Simon & Schuster, 2001)


Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg, history of the Gettysburg address (Simon & Schuster, 1992)


Barnett Wright, How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World (Birmingham News, 2013)





Four Little Girls, HBO documentary on the four girls and the Birmingham church bombing, Sept. 15, 1963, by Spike Lee (1997)


Eyes on the Prize, 14-part PBS series on Civil Rights Movement, esp. episode #5 on Birmingham (PBS/Blackside, 1987)


Boycott, HBO docudrama on Montgomery bus boycott, directed by Clark Howard, starring Jeffrey Wright & Terrence Howard (2001), winner of NAACP Image Award