It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. -- Robert Kennedy

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society. -- Robert Kennedy

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation. -- Edison Haines

Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions. -- Alan Barth

Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic. -- Frederic Bastiat

It would not be possible for a humane and intelligent person to invent a rational excuse for slavery; yet you will remember that in the early days of the emancipation agitation in the North the agitators got but small help or countenance from any one. Argue and plead and pray as they might, they could not break the universal stillness that reigned, from pulpit and press all the way down to the bottom of society -- the clammy stillness created and maintained by the lie of silent assertion -- the silent assertion that there wasn't anything going on in which humane and intelligent people were interested. -- Mark Twain

We easily perceive that the peoples furthest from civilization are the ones where equality between man and woman is furthest apart -- and we consider this one of the signs of savagery. But we are so stupid that we can't see that we thus plainly admit that no civilization can be perfect until exact equality between man and woman is included. -- Mark Twain

CIVIL RIGHTS LINKS Some Civil Rights images

Take A Stand on Civil Rights By Helen P. Rogers
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV



The Civil Rights Movement: References and Resources. Paul T. Murray. New York: G.K. Hall, 1993.
SML, Reference Z1361 N39 M93X 1993 (LC)

From Brown to Boston: Desegregation in Education, 1954-1974. Leon Jones. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1979. 2v
SML, Reference Z5814 D5 J65 (LC)

A Guide to Research on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Modern Black Freedom Struggle. Compiled by the
staff of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Libraries, 1989.
SML Z8464.44 G85 1989 (LC)

King: a comics biography of Martin Luther King, Jr

Author: Anderson, Ho Che

In comic book format, examines the life of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader who championed nonviolent protest and "had a dream" of equality for all.

Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2005, 228 p.

Reviews for this Title:
School Library Journal Review: Adult/High School–The conclusion to what the cartoonist evocatively calls a "doorway" through which readers can see "one man's riff on the life of another" opens with the nation's storied response to President Kennedy's 1963 assassination. As Anderson unpacks the next five years' complex political theories and maneuverings with concision and accuracy, his images roil to include stark black-ink-shadowed figures, blurred pastels, colored speech balloons, and even photos. King moves from the South to Chicago, where he explores the reasons for and outcomes of the burgeoning illegal drug trade, worries about the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam, and continues to depend on his wife's support even when he also looks elsewhere for pleasure. Eventually, of course, he returns south, to Memphis and his own assassination. This bloody red page does not close out Anderson's decade of work, however; a roughly drawn coda appears, a scene depicting more contemporary racial profiling, followed by a narrative afterword and a list of the black activists whose writings provided Anderson with the details he was able to spin into this handsome and original biography. Although libraries lacking the first two volumes should add them now, this one can stand alone on its narrative strength and aesthetic splendor.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA (Reviewed November 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 11, p174)

Publishers Weekly Review: /* Starred Review */ It's been nearly 10 years since the enormously talented Anderson published the first of a projected three-volume interpretive (and often speculative) comics biography of Martin Luther King Jr., but the second volume is well worth the wait. Anderson picks up where he left off. It's 1958, and King awakes in Harlem Hospital after being stabbed by a deranged black woman. Anderson quickly delves into the contentious debates between the elder SCLC organizers and the impatient young SNCC activists. In graphically expressionistic b&w vignettes, Anderson offers a powerful recreation of the Civil Rights movement's seminal events and King's role in them. From 1961's interracial bus rides to the 1963 march on Birmingham and King's now-legendary speech at the Lincoln Memorial, each historic moment is captured through Anderson's terse, confrontational dialogue—constructed to both identify the incident and capture its emotional toll—and his brittle graphic virtuosity. He's dramatized the Civil Rights movement though its failings and factional disputes as much as through its mythlike social triumphs. He presents JFK's as well as ordinary black people's reservations about King and uses King's personal failings—his womanizing and domestic conflicts with Coretta—to provide a study of a magnificent social movement through a candid portrait of its greatest symbolic figure. As in volume one, Anderson combines illustrations and photocopy collage in a rugged chiaroscuro comics style. Without quite achieving the visual brilliance of the first volume, in which every panel seemed designed to graphic and narrative perfection, Anderson's illustrational powers remain eye-poppingly formidable in this new work. (June)
— Staff (Reviewed May 13, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 19, p53)

Library Journal Review: The first volume of Anderson's fictionalized graphic biography of Martin Luther King Jr. was published in 1993 and nominated for the Harvey Award for best graphic album. After a long delay, this second of three projected volumes is finally available. Anderson's black-and-white noir-style art is highlighted by flashes of color at key moments and makes use of historic photographs. Documentary-style commentary, from a variety of viewpoints, combines with historical accounts to vividly evoke the tenor of the times. At the center of the book is a deep look into King's life and character, as he plans protest strategy, has two charged meetings with John F. Kennedy, is tempted away from his wife, and gives the speeches that galvanized a generation. This volume climaxes with King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Anderson presents a compelling portrait of King, revealing his doubts, fears, and weaknesses alongside his heroism. His effort will convince skeptical adults of the value of comics as a medium; it is a milestone for biographical comics.
— Steve Raiteri (Reviewed September 1, 2002) (Library Journal, vol 127, issue 14, p148)

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Martin's big words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doreen Rappaport ; illustrations by Bryan Collier

Author: Rappaport, Doreen

A picture book biography introduces the ideas and accomplishments of a gifted and influential speaker by using some of his own words to tell the story.

New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c2001, 40 p.
Reviews for this Title:
Publishers Weekly Review: This picture-book biography provides an ideal introduction to this leader and his works. Juxtaposing original text with quotes from King's writing and speeches, Rappaport's (Escape from Slavery) narrative offers a pastiche of scenes from King's life, beginning with his childhood experience of seeing "White Only" signs sprinkled throughout his hometown. He questions his mother about their meaning, and she assures him, "You are as good as anyone." Listening to his father preach, the boy asserts that "When I grow up, I'm going to get big words, too." Rappaport also touches upon King's role in the Montgomery bus strike that followed Rosa Park's 1955 arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger and his subsequent efforts as a civil rights crusader. After briefly describing the circumstances of his death, the story concludes, quite abruptly, with the statement, "His big words are alive for us today." The author relies on her subject's own words, and his power, passion and pacifism shine through. Collier's (Uptown) striking watercolor and cut paper collage art feature closely focused, lifelike images of King and other individuals against an inventive montage of patterns and textures. The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage. In the background of some scenes are intricate recreations of stained glass windows, which, Collier explains in an introductory note, he interprets as a metaphor for King's life. An elegant, understated pictorial biography. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
— Staff (Reviewed October 8, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 41, p64)

Kirkus Reviews /* Starred Review */ Beginning with the startling cover, which contains only the face of Martin Luther King Jr., with his smile broad, and his eyes crinkled in laughter, this title intrigues. It's an homage in words and pictures, in which the author weaves King's words with her own to present a brief but stately portrait of the American hero. Rappaport explains that as a child King was determined to use "big words," no doubt the result of listening to his father preach. On many subsequent spreads, King is pictured as an adult, and a direct quote is reproduced in bold type. In fact, King's words were huge in idealism, delivering a message that was big in simple yet profound ways that can be understood by young readers. In smaller print, Rappaport gives historical context. Her sentences have a directness and symmetry that sets off King's more transcendent, poetic quotes. Collier's watercolor and cut-paper-collage illustrations express deep feeling. On the cover and final two portraits, King is depicted with a subtle monochromatic technique, which alludes strongly to a stained-glass metaphor, represented in portraits of King's church. In other spreads featuring King himself, his face is lit, giving it a powerful visual weight and compelling readers to pay attention. While the cover portrait shows his eyes glancing to the side, in the final portrait he looks directly at the reader, his eyes offering an unmistakable challenge. Author and Illustrator Notes are moving as well as informative, and quotes are attributed. Readers will hear his voice echo in this presentation. (timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5-9)
(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2001)

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Author Web Sites:
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Collier, Bryan: illustrator

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Nelson Mandela's favorite African folktales

Author: Mandela, Nelson, 1918-, editor

A collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa, featuring varied characters and themes--some familiar, some newer.

New York: Norton, 2002, 144 p.

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Favorite African folktales

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Civil Rights And Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo G. Moron
Format Hardcover
Edition 1ST
Subject Education / History
ISBN/SKU 0252031105
Author Hoda Zaki
Publisher Univ of Illinois Pr
Publish Date May 2006

The Debate on Black Civil Rights in America
Format Hardcover
Subject History / United States / State & Local
ISBN/SKU 071906760X
Author Kevern Verney
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date May 2006

The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer
Format Hardcover
Subject Law / Legal History
ISBN/SKU 0813925010
Author Michael Meltsner
Publisher Univ of Virginia Pr
Publish Date April 2006

This Day in Civil Rights History
Format Paperback
Subject Social Science / African-American Studies
ISBN/SKU 1578602440
Author Horace Randall Williams
Publisher Client Distribution Services
Publish Date December 2005

Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, And the Black Freedom Struggle
Format Paperback
Subject Political Science / Civil Rights
ISBN/SKU 0813191548
Author Steven F. Lawson
Publisher Univ Pr of Kentucky
Publish Date December 2005
Table of Contents
Preface ix
Freedom Then, Freedom Now
3 (28)
Exploring Johnson's Civil Rights Policy
31 (25)
The Improbable Emancipator
56 (15)
Mixing Moderation with Militancy
71 (26)
From Boycotts to Ballots
97 (22)
Preserving the Second Reconstruction
119 (16)
The Unmaking of the Second Reconstruction
135 (42)
Florida's Little Scottsboro
177 (19)
Investigations and Massive Resistance
196 (21)
From Sit-in to Race Riot
217 (20)
Rock 'n' Roll, the Payola Scandal, and the Political Culture of Civil Rights
237 (28)
Women, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation
265 (19)
Notes 284 (70)
Selected Bibliography 354 (12)

Civil Rights Rhetoric and the American Presidency
Format Hardcover
Subject Language Arts / Communication
ISBN/SKU 1585444405
Author James Arnt Aune (EDT)
Publisher Texas A & M Univ Pr
Publish Date November 2005

The Making Of A Civil Rights Leader
Format Paperback
Subject Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / People Of Color
ISBN/SKU 1558854517
Author Jose Angel Gutierrez
Publisher Arte Publico Pr
Publish Date November 2005
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments v
Introduction vii
The Three Me's
1 (14)
15 (17)
32 (18)
Professor and Lawyer
50 (32)
82 (15)
Reading and Writing
97 (10)
Migrants and Immigrants
107 (8)