Possible Readings for

P. Later Movements for Change


Civil Rights Movement

“Brown Fifty Years Later: A Brief History of Brown, HUSL’s Role in It, and Its Impact,” by Professor Steven D. Jamar, Howard University School of Law, January 5, 2005, 22 p.

One-sentence description of this article.

“Many helped lay groundwork for civil rights movement,” by Rod Harmon, Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, December 11. 2005, 5 p.

A brief history of two centuries of black liberation.

“Civil Rights Movement under Eisenhower and Desegregation,” by Wikibooks contributors, Wikibooks, The Open-Content Textbooks Collection, 5 sp.

A very brief history of Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock 9, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

“Rosa Parks Was Not the Beginning,” by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor, Berkeley Daily Planet, November 2, 2005, 5 p.

Rosa Parks and the long struggle for black liberation.

“The Long History of a Bus Ride,” opinion column by Juan Williams, New York Times, October 31, 2005, 3 p.

Before that one moment of defiance on the bus, Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who had long fought to get voting rights for black people in Alabama.

“The Myth of Rosa Parks,” by Josh Eidelson, Campus Progress, Center for Americacn Progress, November 7, 2005, 4 p.

Corrects some of the erroneous statements made about Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement.

“The Real Rosa Parks,” opinion column by Paul Loeb, Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2000, 4 p.

The conventional retelling of Rosa Park’s story creates a standard so impossible to meet that it may actually make it harder for the rest of us to get involved.

“Is Barbershop Right About Rosa Parks?” by Brendan I. Koerner, Slate.com, September 27, 2002, 2 p.

When Rosa Parks was arrested, other pioneers were forgotten.

“All King’s Men,” book review by David Greenberg of Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-64 by Taylor Branch, Slate.com, February 4, 1998, 6 p.

Branch recounts the epic victories and setbacks of the civil rights movement at its peak, but also zooms in on the dozens of local skirmishes through which the movement’s troops waged their nonviolent campaigns.

“Light and Dark: Why the civil rights movement fell apart,” book review by Brent Staples of Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, by John Lewis, Slate.com, June 24, 1998, 6 p.

How classism undercut the civil rights movement.

“Racial Integration,” by Franklin Foer, Slate.com, November 23, 1997, 4 p.

What critics of racial integration argue.

“Martin Luther King’s Journey to Activism,” blog entry by Steve Chase, January 20, 2007, 4 p.

The story of how Martin Luther King became an activist.