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Kids in African-American Civil Rights Protests

Annotation:A summary on the Alexandria Library sit-down strike and the role of attorney Samuel Tucker, from the Alexandria Black History Museum. Featuring a high-quality photo of the five young men arrested.

Annotation:From the September 16th, 1939 edition of the Pittsburgh Courier, an article ("Library 'Sit-In' Strike Still a Puzzle to Virginia Courts") discussing the uncertain outcome of a court case of five young men arrested for staging a sit-in at the Alexandria, Virginia Library.

Annotation:Letter from Samuel Tucker, attorney to and orchestrator of the young men of the library sit-in, to Librarian Katharine Scoggin. Describes Tucker's repeated requests for library privileges at the Alexandria Library and dissatisfaction with the alternative of using a new segregated library nearby.

Claudette Colvin
Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice By Hoose, Phillip M., 1947- (Book - 2009 ) J B Colvin H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This National Book Award winning title incorporates primary source information while weaving together the history of Jim Crow laws, Colvin's personal story, and the outcomes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and subsequent legislation.

Annotation:A copy of the police report is also found on page 33 of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose.

On the Bus With Rosa Parks
On the Bus With Rosa Parks Poems By Dove, Rita (Book - 1999 ) 811 Dove and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Poem entitled, "Claudette Colvin Goes to Work", on page 79.

We've Got A Job
We've Got A Job The 1963 Birmingham Children's March By Levinson, Cynthia (Book - 2012 ) J 323.11 L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Told through the eyes of four children, this work of non-fiction sheds light on the story of the Birmingham Children's March (May 2nd-5th, 1963) and subsequent arrests of approximately four thousand students.

Annotation:An introductory video on the Birmingham Children's March featuring interviews with civil rights leaders Freeman Hrawbowski III, Dorothy Cotton, Rev. Virgil Wood, Rev. Carolyn McKinstry and others.

The New York Times
The New York Times (Online Periodical or Article - 1857- ) Available from home with a valid library card »

Annotation:"Dogs and Hoses Repulse Negroes at Birmingham” by Foster Birmingham, New York Times, May 4, 1963

Annotation:SEARCH BY PHOTO ID NUMBER: 974317544272 Photo by Bill Hudson, taken on July 15, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama during the Children's March.

Annotation:SEARCH BY PHOTO ID NUMBER: 396723995715 Photo by Bill Hudson, taken on July 15, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama during the Children's March.

Annotation:SEARCH BY PHOTO ID NUMBER: 630504050 Photo by Bill Hudson, taken on July 15, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama during the Children's March.

I'm Gonna Let It Shine
I'm Gonna Let It Shine A Gathering of Voices for Freedom By Harley, Bill, 1954- (Music CD - 1990 ) J CD CHILDREN Harley,B-0391 and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A compilation of civil rights freedom songs. To listen to more examples of this music, visit

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For Social Studies, grade 6-8. Primary and secondary sources highlighting three African American civil rights protests during the 20th century where children and young adults were key figures (The Alexandria, VA Library Sit-In in 1939, Claudette Colvin's Bus Arrest in 1955, and the Birmingham Children's March in 1963). Common Core Learning Standards Addressed in this Text List: R.H.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (i.e., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular texts). RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (i.e. in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. RL.6-8.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. RL.6-8.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. This list can be used for Scope & Sequence Grade 8 Unit 2: The Progressive Movement.

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