Black History/Civil Rights

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28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World
Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City
Because They Marched:The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America
Before She Was Harriet
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend
Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History
Birmingham, 1963
Black is a Rainbow Color
Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner
By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music
Carter Reads the Newspaper
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream
Delivering Justice: W.W. Law the the Fight for Civil Rights
Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews
Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Freedom Summer: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills
Henry Aaron’s Dream
Hidden Figures: The Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
How to Build a Museum
I Have a Dream
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Ira’s Shakespeare Dream
I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jackie and Me
Jake Makes a World

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Knockin’ On Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates
Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century
Let ‘Er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Let the Children March
Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box
Lillian’s Right to Vote
The Lions of Little Rock
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Little Melba and her Big Trombone
Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend
Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Get Weary
Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King
Martin’s Dream Day
Maya Angelou
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth
My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey
A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
New Shoes
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Night on Fire
Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

Odetta: Queen of Folk
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
One Crazy Summer
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change
Overground Railroad
Phoebe the Spy
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Remember: The Journey to School Integration

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
Rock of Ages
Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories
Ruby Lee & Me
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down
Skit Skat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
So Tall Within
Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. The Rookie Joe Dimaggio
A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks
A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent
Steamboat School
Stella by Starlight
Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie Peanut Johnson

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song
Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
That Is My Dream
These Hands
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration
Through My Eyes
A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961
The Undefeated
A Voice Named Aretha

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
We Are the Change
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
With Books & Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School
The Women who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
Young, Gifted and Black
The Youngest Marcher


All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
The Bell Rang
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journey’s of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Frederick Douglas: A Noble Life
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History
Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass
Freedom in Congo Square
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams
Freedom River
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown
Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story
Henry’s Freedom Box
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom
Night Boat to Freedom
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
When the Slave Esperanca Garcia Wrote a Letter