Period: 1961

People’s Movement: 1961 – 1974

Alcatraz Is Not an Island

Film. By James M. Fortier. 2001. 60 min. Documentary on a small group of Native American students and “Urban Indians” who occupied Alcatraz Island in November 1969, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights.
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Medgar Evers

Profile. By Dernoral Davis. Medgar Evers (July 2, 1925—June 12, 1963), Civil Rights Movement activist in Mississippi.
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Freedom on My Mind

Film. Directed Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Written by Michael Chandler. 1994. 110 min. The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.
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Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in School

By Dave Zirin
It has been almost 44 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the medal stand following the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and created what must be considered the most enduring, riveting image in the history of either sports or protest. But while the image has stood the test of time, the struggle that led to that moment has been cast aside.

When mentioned at all in U.S. history textbooks, the famous photo appears with almost no context. For example, Pearson/Prentice Hall’s United States History places the photo opposite a short three-paragraph section, “Young Leaders Call for Black Power.” The photo’s caption says simply that “...U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised gloved fists in protest against discrimination.”
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The Rock and the River

The Rock and the River

Book - Fiction. By Kekla Magoon. 2010. 304 pages. Coming-of-age story that shows the close connections between the civil rights and Black power movements through an intimate and relatable lens.
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Liuzzo, Viola

Profile. Viola Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965), Civil Rights activist, was murdered in 1965 by the KKK after the Selma to Montgomery March.
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Ruby Bridges

Film. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. 1998. 96 minutes. The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.
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A Revolution of Values

Teaching Activity. By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 3 pages. Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.
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The Power of 504

Film (YouTube video). 18 minutes. Documentary on the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977.
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