May 7, 1955: Murder of Rev. George W. Lee
By | May 7, 2016

Rev. George Washington Lee, one of the first African Americans registered to vote in Humphreys County, Miss. since Reconstruction, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote. Lee was head of the Belzoni, Mississippi NAACP.
History News Network reports in “The Grim and Overlooked Anniversary
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Jan. 10, 1966: Voting Rights Activist Vernon Dahmer is Murdered
By | January 7, 2016

On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote. The next day, Dahmer’s home was firebombed by the Ku Klux Klan. Dahmer guarded the front door while his wife and children escaped out the back. He died the next day from severe burns and smoke inhalation.

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The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know
By | July 26, 2015

Article. By Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson. 2015.
Key points in the history of the 1965 Voting Rights Act missing from most textbooks.

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Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements
By | July 31, 2007

Teaching Guide. Edited by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold and Sylvia Braselmann. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2008. 456 pages.
Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

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

Teaching Guide and Website. 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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The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches
By | May 29, 2012

Book – Non-fiction. By Manning Marable and Myrlie Evers-Williams. 2006. 400 pages.
Comprehensive collection of the words of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

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This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
By | April 14, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Kay Mills. 2007. 390 pages.
First-hand accounts of Fannie Lou Hamer’s emergence as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1990
By | October 30, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Gerald Gill, Vincent Harding and Darlene Clark Hine. 1991. 784 pages.
Readings to accompany the film, Eyes on the Prize.

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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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Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Freedom School Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer
By | July 26, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez. Introduction by Julian Bond. 2007. 400 pages.
Letters and poetry from Civil Rights Movement volunteers in the summer of 1964.

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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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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.
An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Silver Rights: The Story of the Carter Family’s Brave Decision to Send Their Children to an All-White Schools and Claim Their Civil Rights
By | March 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Constance Curry. Introduction by Marian Wright Edelman. 1996. 288 pages.
The story of the Carter family’s decision to send their children to an all-white school in Drew, Mississippi.

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SNCC: The New Abolitionists (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

SNCC: The New Abolitionists
By | March 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 1964; re-published in 2013. 246 pages.
A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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Teach Freedom: Education for Liberation in the African-American Tradition
By | December 23, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Charles M. Payne and Carol Sills Strickland. Foreword by Charles E. Cobb Jr. 2008. 304 pages.
Documents the history of the use of education as a tool of collective liberation by African Americans.

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This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
By | September 19, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles E. Cobb Jr. 2015. 328 pages.
Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s.

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To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools
By | February 2, 2015

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale. 2015. 176 pages.
A collection and examination of the creative literary work of students published during 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer
By | October 6, 2015

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. 45 pages.
Illustrated biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Mississippi Morning
By | February 18, 2012

Book – Fiction. By Ruth Vander Zee. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2004. 32 pages.
A thought-provoking story of one boy’s loss of naivete in the face of racism and harsh historical realities.

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Freedom Summer 1964
By | February 23, 2014

Prospectus for summer initiative to register African American voters in Mississippi.

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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
By | January 3, 2015

Key Civil Rights Movement organization of the 1960s.

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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. 1994. 110 min.
The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

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Freedom Song
By | October 3, 2004

Film. By Phil Alden Robinson. 2006. 117 min.
Based on the actual history of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi, during the Civil Rights Movement.

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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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