Links & Books


The Barber of Birmingham
This official site for The Barber of Birmingham offers bios of the filmmakers and a trailer for the film.


Civil Rights History

Eyes on the Prize
The website for this classic PBS series includes a wealth of primary source documents, profiles of key players and organizations, materials for teachers, and more.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
The website for this PBS series includes rich resources specifically related to voting rights and Jim Crow laws, including interactive maps, materials for teachers, online activities and tools, and more.

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63. (Taylor Branch. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, this has been described as arguably the best book ever written on the Civil Rights Movement.

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (David J. Garrow. New York: Perennial Classics, 2004.) Another Pulitzer Prize winner, Garrow's book is based on personal papers, FBI documents and interviews with Martin Luther King's associates and enemies.

Civil Rights Today

The official NAACP website includes the history of this civil rights organization, as well as current initiatives.

MSNBC Interview
Melissa Lacewell Harris hosts a discussion of the film and the issues it raises with filmmaker Robin Fryday; James Armstrong's grandson, Darren; former head of the RNC, Michael Steele; and legal scholar, Professor Anita Hill.

Foot Soldiers

Foot Soldiers
This University of Georgia Project gathers evidence of the contributions of the "unsung heroes" of the civil rights movement.

Civil Rights Movement Veteran's Roll Call
This volunteer website invites veteran activists to share their own information, including this list of civil rights foot soldiers.

American Radioworks: Oh Freedom
This website provides firsthand accounts of Freedom Summer participants.

Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, Civil Rights Documentation Project
This University of Southern Mississippi project includes transcripts of oral histories.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
This website provides information specific to Birmingham, including an online archive of the Institute's documents and recordings.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. (Juan Williams. New York: Penguin, 2002.) Written by a Washington Post correspondent, this book uses photography and a focus on lesser-known activists to bring the Civil Rights Movement to life.