General/Overview sites

Useful collections that provide content on all aspects of the modern civil rights struggle.

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Eyes on the Prize
Eyes on the Prize
The website to accompany the landmark history of the movement. Chronologically organised, this has oral testimony, newspaper clippings & video. A really useful resource for understanding the movement as a whole or the place of specific events within it.
Documents from the Southern Freedom Movement 1951-1968
Documents from the Southern Freedom Movement 1951-1968
A really useful site providing links to major individuals, events, and organisations.
Amistad Digital Resource: Civil Rights Era
Amistad Digital Resource: Civil Rights Era
This site has been created for teachers, but the content and questions are useful for anyone with a interest in the struggle. Videos,photos and documents support an overview of key issues.
Eyes on the Prize Interviews collection
Eyes on the Prize Interviews collection
In the making of the documentary, numerous interviews were conducted with key players and footsoldiers in the civil rights struggle. While extracts were shown in the tv programmes, the full interviews are held at this valuable database. To get the most out of it, you need some understanding of an event, organisation, or individual first.
Black Past
Black Past
A very useful well-written online encyclopaedia with useful entries on figures from black history and the history of the black west. A very useful starting place.
The Crisis - Monthly magazine of the NAACP
The Crisis - Monthly magazine of the NAACP
Google has digitised the complete run of the monthly magazine of the NAACP back to Vol. 1 Number 6 in April 1911. An invaluable resource for plotting the development of the struggle for black equality at the local and national levels for researchers. Students & teachers can utilise this best if they have specific figures or events to examine and then view editions around that date.
Ebony Magazine (1959 +)
Ebony Magazine (1959 +)
Johnson publishings black lifestyle magazine launched in 1945. Google have digitised every edition from 1959 onward on the searchable database. A useful resource for contemporary politics and culture aimed at the mainstream.
Negro Digest (November 1961 - April 1976)
Negro Digest (November 1961 - April 1976)
Fully searchable online content from this monthly mix of news, politics & culture
Who Speaks for the Negro? An Archival Collection
Who Speaks for the Negro? An Archival Collection
In 1965, Robert Penn Warren produced 'Who Speaks for the Negro?' a book based on interviews with a large number of civil rights leaders, commentators and activists conducted in 1964: includes interviews with James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Roy Wilkins, King, Malcolm X. Warren recorded his interviews on tape and you can listen to them here, and read the transcripts. A fantastic resource
African Americans and American Politics
African Americans and American Politics
An online web exhibition by the Schomburg Center at the NYPL exploring the history of black engagement with politics in the twentieth century. A really useful overview of the key issues.
African-American History: Major Speeches
African-American History: Major Speeches
Black Past's excellent collection of speeches by African-American thinkers and leaders from 1789 to 2009.
Civil Rights Digital Library
Civil Rights Digital Library
This site contains an extensive archive from the University of Georgia and local news media. Search or browse by event, organisation of individual to discover primary material.
Birmingham & Alabama Civil Rights Timelines
Birmingham & Alabama Civil Rights Timelines
This site from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute provides two interactive timelines - one on the city, one on the state, which chart the key events that took place in the struggle for black equality. A useful resource on this key civil rights battleground.
African-American Odyssey: The Quest for Full Citizenship
African-American Odyssey: The Quest for Full Citizenship
This brief Library of Congress website has key images and documents from the struggle for black equality.
Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement: Chronology
Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement: Chronology
An overview of how the city of Atlanta acted as a key site of the struggles over racial equality in the twentieth century.
The Baltimore Afro-American 1902-1992
The Baltimore Afro-American 1902-1992
Over 3,000 issues of this weekly black newspaper, carrying local and national news are fully searchable here via the Google newspaper archive. A truly impressive resource for studying both the black press and the development of black America in the 20th century.
Wheeler on America: America's Long March
Wheeler on America: America's Long March
Charles Wheeler was a British TV journalist who reported on the USA during the 1960s. In the 1990s he returned to the USA and constructed some great documentaries which explored key issues of the 1960s from multiple perspectives. This doc explores Selma, the Voting Rights Act, King's antipoverty campaign and wider questions of race from the local and federal perspectives. A great watch for understanding the successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement.