Resources

Books by SNCC Veterans

Brown, H. Rap. Die Nigger Die: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. New York: Dial Press, 1969.

Blackwell, Unita. Barefootin’: Life Lessons from the Road to Freedom. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2006.

Carmichael, Stokely with Ekwueme Michael Thelwell. Ready for Revolution: the Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). New York: Scribner, 2003.

Carmichael, Stokely. Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 2007.

Cobb, Charles E., Jr. This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

Cobb, Charles E., Jr. On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008.

Cobb, Charles E., Jr., et al., No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2007.

Curry, Constance, et al., Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

De Lissovoy, Peter, et al. The Great Pool Jump & Other Stories from the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia. Lancaster, PA: YouArePerfectPress, 2010.

Forman, James. The Making of Black Revolutionaries. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Forman, James. Sammy Younge, Jr.: The First Black College Student to Die in the Black Liberation Movement. New York: Grove Press, 1968.

Henry, Aaron with Constance Curry. Aaron Henry: The Fire Ever Burning. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.

Holland, Endesha Ida Mae, From the Mississippi Delta: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Holsaert, Faith, et al., eds. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

King, Mary E. Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1987.

Lafayette, Bernard, Jr. In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Lester, Julius. And All Our Wounds Forgiven: A Novel. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1994.

Lester, Julius. Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama. New York: Grove Press, 1969.

Lewis, John. March. Book One. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Production, 2013.

Lewis, John. March. Book Two. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Production, 2015.

Lewis, John. March. Book Three. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Production, 2016.

Lewis, John. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Lyon, Danny. Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Chapel Hill, NC: Published for the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

Martinez, Elizabeth Sutherland. Letters from Mississippi. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. New York: Dell, 1968.

Moses, Robert P and Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001.

Nicholas, Denise. Freshwater Road: A Novel. Chicago, IL: Agate Publishing, 2005.

O’Neal, John. Don’t Start Me to Talking…: Plays of Struggle and Liberation. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2016.

Sellers, Cleveland. The River of No Return: The Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1990.

Sherrod, Shirley. The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear. New York: Atria Books, 2012.

Stembridge, Jane. I Play Flute: And Other Poems. Tougaloo, MS: Flute Publications, 1966.

Thelwell, Michael. Duties, Pleasures, and Conflicts: Essays in Struggle. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987.

Ture, Kwame and Charles Hamilton. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

Watkins, Hollis. Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man. New York: Sankofa Publishing, 2016.

Other Recommended Reading

Ashmore, Susan Youngblood. Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama 1964-1972. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965 – 68. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954 – 63. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963 – 65. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Chafe, William. Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Charron, Katherine Mellen. Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Crosby, Emilye, ed. Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Crosby, Emilye. A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Fleming, Cynthia Griggs. Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.

Frye, Gaillard. Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Greenberg, Cheryl, ed. A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

Halberstam, David. The Children. Robbinsdale, MN: Fawcett Book Group, 1999.

Hale, Jon N. The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Hamlin, Francoise N. Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Hogan, Wesley. Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Jeffries, Hasan Kwame. Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Kelen, Leslie, ed. This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Kirk, John A., ed. Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2011.

Levy, Peter B. Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003.

McGuire, Danielle L. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.

Moye, Todd. Ella Baker: Community Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013.

Moye, Todd. Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945 – 1986. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Payne, Charles. I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007.

Raines, Howell. My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered. New York: Putnam, 1997.

Ransby, Barbara. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Sojourner, Sue [Lorenzi]. Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Sturkey, William and Jon N. Hale, eds. To Write the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

Tyson, Timothy B. The Blood of Emmett Till. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Tyson, Timothy B. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Visser-Maessen, Laura. Robert Parris Moses: A Life in Civil Rights and Leadership at the Grassroots. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Zinn, Howard. SNCC: The New Abolitionists. Boston, MA. Beacon Press, 1964.