Civil Rights Movement

A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader

By Catherine Reef

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Randolph, one of the brains of the Harlem Renaissance, was determined that African-American workers should share the rights that the labor unions had fought so hard for, despite their history of excluding his people. This was a hard fight, but, in the end, the labor unions became strong and integrated.

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A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

By Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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Back in the 1930s and 1940s, the trains took everybody everywhere in Pullman sleeping cars. The people who looked after the passengers were called porters. They were mostly black, and they formed their own union to fight against unfair working conditions. This book tells, in their own words and photos, the story of how they won their fight for justice.

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The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

By Russell Freedman

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This determined woman overcame tremendous odds to pursue her dream of a musical career. With grace, poise, and overwhelming talent, she confronted the racial restrictions of the period.

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A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By David A. Adler

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A brief, beautifully illustrated biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader.

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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

By Jean Marzollo and Brian Pinkney (illustrator)

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A colorful, simple introduction for young readers to the life and works of the beloved Civil Rights leader.

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I Have a Dream

By Martin Luther King, Jr and illustrated by 15 Coretta Scott King Award winners

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Dr. King's famous speech at the 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington is accompanied by glorious illustrations by top children's book artists.

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Martin Luther King

By Rosemary L. Bray

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Folk-art paintings in bright colors accompany the story of key events in Dr. King's life.

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Martin Luther King Day

By Linda Lowery

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Briefly recounts the life of Dr. King and discusses the national holiday in his name.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Dream of Peaceful Revolution

By Della Rowland

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A biography of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who showed us that a struggle can be waged without violence.

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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier (illustrator)

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Quotes from some of his most beloved speeches, paired with Collier's stunning watercolor and collage art, tell Dr. King's life story in a simple, direct way.

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