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  • Branch, Taylor. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013
  • Caro, Robert A. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power. New York: Random House, 2012
  • Freed, Leonard. This is the Day: The March on Washington. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013
  • Goluboff, Risa. The Lost Promise of Civil Rights. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007
  • Hogan, Wesley C. Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007
  • Jackson, Thomas F. From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009
  • Jones, William P. The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. New York: W.W. Norton, 2013
  • Lewis, John, with Michael D’Orso. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • Mack, Kenneth W. Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012
  • Patterson, James T. Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America. New York: Basic Books, 2012
  • Purdum, Todd S. An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. New York: Henry Holt, 2014
  • Risen, Clay. The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. London: Bloomsbury, 2014
  • Sullivan, Patricia A. Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: New Press, 2009

For Young Readers

  • Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2006
  • Beals, Melba Pattillo. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High. New York: Pocket Books, 1994
  • Gold, Susan Dudley. The Civil Rights Act of 1964. New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2011
  • King, Martin Luther Jr.  I Have a Dream (book and CD). Illustrated by Kadir Nelson New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012
  • Mason, Margaret H. These Hands. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
  • Morrison, Toni. Remember: The Journey to School Integration. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004
  • Osborne, Linda Barrett. Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn San Diego: Harcourt, 2000
  • Sirimarco, Elizabeth. The Civil Rights Movement. New York: Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, 2005

Recommendations from the Young Readers Center

  • Adler, David. Heroes for Civil Rights. New York: Holiday House, 2008
  • Crenson, Victoria. Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Adventure in Courage. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1992
  • Curtis, Christopher. The Watsons Go to Birmingham. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1995
  • King, Christine. My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers—Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. New York: Farris, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003
  • Kittinger, Jo S. Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2010
  • Levinson, Cynthia Y. We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 2012
  • Levinson, Cynthia.  The Youngest Marcher.New York: Atheneum Books, 2015
  • Lowery, Lynda Blackmon. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. Illustrated by PJ Loughran. New York: Dial Books, 2015
  • Miller, Jake. The 1963 March on Washington: Speeches and Songs for Civil Rights. New York: PowerKids Press, 2004.
  • Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2011
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hyperion Books for Children, New York, NY, 2001
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson. New York: Scholastic Press, 2002
  • Stoles, Jon. Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me. Washington, D.C.,: National Geographic, 2008
  • Swain, Gwenyth. Riding to Washington. Chelsea, MI,: Sleeping Bear Press, 2008
  • Wiles, Deborah. Freedom Summer. New York: Atheneum Books, 2001