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Civil Rights


1963: The Struggle for Civil Rights
Over 230 pieces of primary source material from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, organized as part of a chronology that focuses on seven occurrences in 1963, but also highlights events from 1939-1965. Example of formats include press conferences, letters, photographs, film footage, secret audio recordings, etc. Includes educator (i.e. lesson plans) and student resources.
American Civil Liberties Union
Features an "Issues" section that describes what is at stake, as well as the latest news stories, regarding racial justice, capital punishment, free speech, and immigrant's rights, for example. The  "Defending our Rights" section has an archive of summaries of Supreme Court cases dealing with civil liberties dating back to 1996, as well as information about court battles in progress. There is also a preparatory section called  "Know Your Rights" that addresses circumstances one may anticipate discrimination or abuse of power may occur. Offers a keyword search. Scroll to the bottom of the page to browse publications and multimedia offered.
Civil Rights Digital Library
Offers primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. Searchable by keyword, or browsing by category (i.e. events, places, people, topics, educator resources, media type, contributing institution). From the University of Georgia.
Civil Rights History Project
Offers oral history videos of activists who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, representing both national (e.g. CORE, SNCC, NAACP) and local and specialized groups (e.g. Cambridge (Maryland) Nonviolent Action Committee). Transcripts are available in PDF or XML. Searchable by keyword, or browseable via the Collection Items tab. There is also an Articles and Essays tab that address several aspects of the movement (e.g. music, youth, women, tactics, March on Washington, voting rights, etc.). From the Library of Congress. For an online exhibit of comparatively tiny scale, visit Voices of Civil Rights, also from the Library of Congress, in collaboration with AARP. 
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)
Complete collection of reports that date back to this federal agency's inception in 1957. Common themes include: race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Browsable by title, date, subject, subdoc number, and location. Available online via a partnership with Thurgood Marshall Law Library.
Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources, 2007
E-book that contains primary source material that focuses on leading international social issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Enter your library card number in the link next to the Electronic Access heading, which will allow you to browse via the Table of Contents or Index.
Print Culture of the Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1980 - Tulane University Digital Library
"This project highlights the newspapers, posters, broadsides, pamphlets, fliers, and other printed ephemera produced by student and community groups, leading civil rights organizations, and individuals, which documented a revolutionary era."
State of Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
Features upcoming events, publications, and information about services provided by  this agency which is mandated  to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion or creed, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, etc.
The Leadership Conference: the nation's premier civil & human rights coalition
Archives of its reports & curricula, annual periodical (The Civil Rights Monitor), and  blog (Unfinished Business) are under the Publication tab. There one can sign up for email newsletters, or browse multimedia. The Issues tabs breaks down civil rights issues of today, and the Civil Rights History tab offers a glossary, timeline, and historical overview (Civil Rights 101). Offers instruction on how to get involved under Advocacy (or Take Action) tab.


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