While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are typically associated with the South, both spent a great deal of their lives challenging the racism of the Jim Crow North. Yet this part of their history is repeatedly ignored.Read more »
Teaching Activity. By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 pages.
Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.
Teaching Activity. By Craig Gordon, Urban Dreams, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. 2003.
Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”
Article. Bob Herbert. Jacobin Magazine. 2013.
A critique of the “feel good” and “sentimental stick figure” mis-representations of Nelson Mandela and Dr. King in mass media.
Article. By Bill Fletcher Jr. 2013. If We Knew Our History Series.
Remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the 1963 March on Washington has a richer and more complicated history. Fletcher reminds us it also included the demand: for jobs.
Article. By Derrick Alridge. 2006. 25 pages.
Critique of textbook representation of Martin Luther King Jr. as messiah, embodiment of the Civil Rights Movement, and a moderate.
Article. By Emilye Crosby. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
Too much of what we learn about Selma and the struggle for voting rights focuses on the actions of famous leaders. But there is a “people’s history” of Selma we all can learn from.
Article. By Vincent Intondi. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
Intondi states: “African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice—and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks.”
Book – Non-fiction. By Stephen Lawson and Charles Payne. 2006. 227 pages.
Introduces and examines the complex story of the modern Civil Rights Movement as it should be taught, providing key background information and analysis for teachers.
Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2006. 114 pages.
Written for middle school, the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks played a role but was not the sole hero.
Book – Non-fiction. By Vincent Harding. 2010 (2nd edition). 240 pages.
A call to educators, clergy, and community activists to remember and keep alive the story of the Black-led freedom movement.
Book – Non-fiction. By William P. Jones. 2013. 296 pages.
A vital text on the hidden history and significance of the March on Washington.
Book – Non-fiction. By Gary Younge. 2013. 180 pages.
Chronicle behind “The Speech” and other events surrounding the March on Washington.
Film. Directed by David Appleby, Allison Graham and Steven Ross. 1993. 58 min.
Documentary film on the African American sanitation workers’ 1968 fight for human dignity and a living wage in Memphis.
Film. By Clark Johnson. 2001. 120 min.
Dramatic account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
Dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” (1967) speech by Michael Ealy.
Film. Produced by Henry Hampton. Blackside. 1987. 360 min.
Comprehensive documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.