Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass (1845)
Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup (1853)
The Measure of a Man, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1959)
Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin (1960)
Strength to Love, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
Why We Can’t Wait, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, by David J. Garrow (1986)
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, by Jo Ann Robinson and David J. Garrow (1987)
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, by Taylor Branch (1988)
Race Matters, by Cornel West (1993)
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998)
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, by John Robert Lewis (1998)
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter (2001)
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by John D’Emilio (2003)
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, by Gene Roberts (2006)
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (2008)
Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950, by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore (2008)
The Warmth of Other Sons: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, by Raymond Arsenault (2011)
While the World Watched: A Birmigham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement, by Caroly Maull McKinstry and Denise George (2013)


Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
Native Son, by Richard Wright (1940)
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (1960)
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin (1963)
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (1982)
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (1982)
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (2001)
Freshwater Road, by Denise Nicholas (2005)

Ages 6-14

Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights, by Jo S. Kittinger (2009) [Ages 6-10]
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2010) [Ages 6-10]
The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson (2001) [Ages 6-10]
Ron’s Big Mission, by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden (2009) [Ages 6-10]
Back of the Bus, by Aaron Reynolds and Floyd Cooper (2013) [Ages 6-10]
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr?, by Bonnie Bader and Nancy Harrison [Ages 6-10]

Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges and Margo Lundell (1999) [Ages 8-12]
March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, by Christine – King Harris (2008) [Ages 8-12]
Glory Be, by Augusta Scattergood (2012) [Ages 8-12]

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary, by Elizabeth Partridge (2009) [Ages 10-14]
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip M. Hoose (2010) [Ages 10-14]