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Guide Books

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On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail, by Charles E. Cobb Jr, (Algonquin, 2008) The most recent volume, it  lists 400 sites and includes maps and photos.

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A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, by Jim Carrier (Harourt Books, 2004) An extensive guide to the important sites.


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Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide To The Cradle Of Freedom, by Frye Gaillard with an introduction by Juan Williams, (University of Alabama Press, 2010) A brand-new book by a Civil Rights historian and gifted journalist. A guide to scores of sites, with moving interviews with the actual foot soldiers from the movement.



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Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement, by Townsent Davis (Norton, 1998) Although some of the travel information's out of date, the history is comprehensive and fascinating. 

 

Books

Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Civil Rights Struggle LIFE magazine photographer Bob Adelman was present at the most significant moments of our nation's struggle with race relations and recorded them all on film. A moving installment from the LIFE Great Photographers series.





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Lessons from Little Rock and A Mighty Long Way Two of the Little Rock Nine have recently written books chronicling their experiences as teenagers when they found themselves in the middle of a national racial crisis.

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Carry Me Home This Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir captures Birmingham during the height of the civil rights movement.

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The Watsons go to Birmingham An award-winnning young-adult book tells the story of the Watsons visit to Alabama's largest city during the fateful spring of 1963.



Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Award-winning children's book puts readers in the midst of a volatile and uplifting time. This compelling and poignant volume, illustrated with arresting black-and-white photographs from the period, is an essential addition to the Civil Rights canon.







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Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut Jr. The autobiography of Selma's first black lawyer tells a powerful tale of racism and redemption.





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Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama As a bartender, author Greenlaw heard stories of Klan plots. As a reporter, he covered the Klan's kidnappings, bombings and murders.




DVDs

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Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement  The sounds and melodies that introduced millions to the civil rights movement. Narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr. Perfect soundtrack for your road trip. 


King Go beyond the dream to discover the man. Forty years after Martin Luther King's assassination, newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. Includes a rare interview with his son, Martin Luther King III, and interviews with associates from the civil rights campaigns Andy Young and Harry Belafonte.



Voices of Civil Rights A fascinating look at one of the defining social movements in America's history told through the small, personal stories of men, women, and children who lived through this turbulent time. A Peabody Award Winner.



10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed The World: Freedom Summer June 21, 1964 was the day civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A watershed moment in the American civil rights movement.





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4 Little Girls Spike Lee's first documentary is a restrained but angry film about Birmingham's deadly church bombing. One of his most moving works.

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Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later A moving documentary capturing the drama of the Little Rock crisis, and subsequent progress.


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Our Friend, Martin This classic cartoon biography of Martin Luther King Jr. takes time-travelers back to meet Martin Luther King Jr., as a boy, and then follows him through his career. A wonderful way to introduce children to this seminal historic figure. And if you were a child during the late '90s and 2000s, you're sure to enjoy seeing this story - once a fixture of every Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - again. Click on the video trailer below.