One way to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, is to learn more about the experiences of people who were part of the struggle for civil rights. In recent years, a number of highly engaging books have been written for middle and high schoolers on this subject. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.
Explores how the media, politics, the civil rights movement, and labor protests all converged to set the scene for one of Dr. King's greatest speeches and for his tragic death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
This title highlights a darker side of the era: those who worked against the movement. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission compiled secret files on more than 87,000 private citizens in the most extensive state spying program in U.S. history. Its mission: to save segregation.
For the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting right from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.
Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.
The story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events.
In this fictional account in 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
Traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.