Civil Rights Movement - United States

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These online resources have been selected to support the popular topic – Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Influences on this transformational period in US history include the Birmingham Campaign, Little Rock School, Montgomery Bus Boycott and people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. SCIS 1698191

Biographical information about how Martin Luther King became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Includes links to the full transcript of his “I have a dream” speech and other relevant information. Also click on the word History then search for Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Civil Rights Digital Library
Search for a variety of primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others. Includes relevant stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

DK Find out

DK Find out is a safe and rich site providing an array of subject based facts, ideas and resources including the Civil Rights Movement.

Suggested level: primary

King Institute Encyclopaedia
Contains information on Martin Luther King Junior and the global freedom struggle and other key related events, speeches and sermons. For example, the Little Rock School desegregation in 1957.

Suggested level: secondary

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search terms Civil Rights Birmingham.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

The PBS television network includes some advertising however, it has valuable information on the key historical events of the Civil Rights movement from 1954-1985. Topics include legal battles such as Brown vs. Board of Education, 1950; protest music that defined the Black Power movement, a primary resource: Civil Rights Act 1964 and two quizzes.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


The databases World History in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Biography in Context provide information on the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and various individuals by name. School log on and password required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Glory B, by Augusta Scattergood (junior fiction)
Fire in the street, by Kekla Magoon, 2012 (YA fiction)
The rock and the river, by Kekla Magoon, 2010 (YA fiction)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, 1960

Mighty times: the children’s march. oscarmanhollywood. Youtube.5:04