During the United States civil rights movement, everyday Americans challenged their government and communities to live up to their promises of equality and justice. Studying this important era in American history highlights the power of civic participation in a democratic society, the role of non-violence in social movements, the significance of voting rights, the tensions between state and local control, the capacity of the courts to address injustice, and the ways in which different groups define national and community membership.

Facing History and Ourselves has many resource books, study guides, videos, lesson plans and web links to help students explore the U.S. civil rights movement, especially as it relates to issues of identity, belonging, justice, memory, democracy and civic engagement.

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Civil Rights Digital Library

The Civil Rights Digital Library includes primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and other sites around the country. Through a partnership based at the University of Georgia, CRDL links to video archives, online collections, and learning resources about struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s.

Created Equal

The four documentary films on this site--The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story--tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation. The site is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative.

Digital Arts Alliance, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Pearson Foundation

Through this partnership, high school students integrated their classroom Facing History lessons with digital storytelling techniques to create digital videos about civil rights pioneers in Boston.

King Papers Project

The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. The Project's Liberation Curriculum supports high school teachers with educational materials that address issues of social justice and human rights, while meeting state and national frameworks.

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955 helped ignite the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott, as well as the modern American Civil Rights Movement. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, presents these teaching materials.

NAACP Interactive Historical Timeline

Key events and people in the United States civil rights movement are highlighted on this interactive multimedia timeline.

Race & Place: An African American Community

This archive at the University of Virginia explores the day-to-day experiences of living in the segregated South. It uses the town of Charlottesville, Virginia as a case study for learning about the Jim Crow Laws.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. Jim Crow Stories | PBS

This site is dedicated to those who fought for African-American civil rights and an end to the Jim Crow era. The site features numerous stories, with videos, photographs, and documents. Educators can find lessons plans, activities and classroom resources.

Voices of Civil Rights

This website features a searchable online archive of selected stories submitted by people from every corner of the country and from all walks of life. There are also interactive features, essays, interviews, and special reports. Voices of Civil Rights is a joint project of.AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress.

With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty (Library of Congress Exhibition)

This Library of Congress online exhibit explores the court cases that preceded the Brown v. Board decision, the Brown case, and the impact of the ruling. The exhibit also features numerous photographs and documents from the Library of Congress' holdings.