Fannie Lou Hamer

A few of the unsung heroes featured in a lesson available online. Portraits from Americans Who Tell the Truth.

Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice
By | November 17, 2011

Teaching Activity. Essay by Howard Zinn and lesson by Bill Bigelow. 11 pages.
Students research and share stories about unsung heroes in U.S. history.

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Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
By | May 2, 2005

Teaching Guide. Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. 2004. 576 pages.
Provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on education, economics, labor, youth, women, and culture.

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I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
By | August 25, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles M. Payne. 1995. 506 pages.
The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
By | July 15, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By John Dittmer. 1995. 560 pages. A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America
By | June 30, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Wesley C. Hogan. 2009. 463 pages.
An innovative study of what the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) accomplished and, more importantly, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time.

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On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail
By | May 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles E. Cobb, Jr. 2008. 388 pages. High School and Adult. An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1985
By | October 20, 2004

Film. Produced by Henry Hampton. Blackside. 1987. 360 min.
Comprehensive documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Freedom on My Mind
By | January 7, 2013

Film. Directed Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Written by Michael Chandler. 110 min. 1994.
The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

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Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
By | March 25, 2004

Film. By Joan Sadoff, Robert Sadoff, and Laura Lipson. 2002. 60 minutes. Documentary film on women in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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