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 Fog Machine
By | October 11, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Follett. 2014. 389 pages.
A young adult novel of historical fiction based on Freedom Summer.

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Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor’s Civil Rights Struggle
By | October 11, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. By Gilbert R. Mason. 2007. 227 pages.
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason’s eyewitness account of the fight for racial justice on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi during the civil rights movement.

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We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
By | October 11, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. By M.J. O’Brien. 2014. 340 pages.
An up-close study of the story behind the iconic photographs of the Jackson, Mississippi sit-ins.

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40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?
By | October 10, 2017

Film. By Lee Anne Bell and Markie Hancock. 2013.
This DVD and discussion guide offer a powerful way to engage students, teachers, and community groups in honest dialogue about the ongoing problems of racism and what we can do to address them.

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By | October 10, 2017

Book – Fiction. By Deborah Wiles 2014. 544 pages.
Historical fiction for young adults set in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer.

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The Return of Gabriel
By | October 10, 2017

Book – Fiction. By John Armistead. 2002. 218 pages.
Confronted with decisions well beyond their years, three friends grapple with eternal issues of shifting loyalties and the nature of heroism

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This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
By | October 10, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Leslie G. Kelen. 2012. 256 pages.
Presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers who lived within the movement and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.

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Faces of Freedom Summer
By | October 10, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. Photographs by Herbert Randall. 2001. 132 pages.
A key collection of photographs for teaching about Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

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“I Never Will Forget”: Memories From Mississippi Freedom Summer
By | October 10, 2017

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Sarah Blanc. 2014. 115 pages.
A collection of interviews conducted by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program over seven years in Sunflower County, Mississippi. The stories provide a powerful first person introduction to the history of the Mississippi Civl Rights Movement.

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Mama’s Window
By | July 31, 2013

Book – Fiction. By Lynn Rubright. 2008. 89 pages.
Historical fiction inspired by incidents in the early life of sharecropper Owen Whitfield, the organizer of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.

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Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi
By | October 1, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner, with Cheryl Reitan. Foreword by John Dittmer. 2013. 309 pages.
Documents the role of unsung heroes in the voting rights struggle in Holmes County, Mississippi.

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Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote
By | January 10, 2016

Book – Non-fiction. By Gordon A. Martin, Jr. 2014. 272 pages.
A detailed portrait of brave individuals who risked everything in their fight for the right to vote.

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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
By | September 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner. 2010. 616 pages.
An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.

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Mississippi Trial, 1955
By | June 28, 2005

Book – Fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003. 240 pages.
Historical fiction about the murder of Emmett Till for high school students.

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Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement
By | October 3, 2013

Book – Non-fiction. By Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker. 2013. 334 pages.
Chronicle by Simeon Booker, the first full-time African American reporter for the Washington Post and Jet magazine’s White House correspondent, covering half a century of major events that transformed the United States.

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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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