Children’s Reading for the Freedom Summer Anniversary

Sanford Wexler's "The Civil Rights Movement: An Eyewitness History," 1993.

Sanford Wexler’s “The Civil Rights Movement: An Eyewitness History,” 1993.

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign launched in June 1964 to increase voter registration throughout Mississippi, as well as establish Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and increase resources for the state’s African American population and those who supported civil rights activities. Education was a key aspect to Freedom Summer efforts. But did you know that among the extensive library collection at the Amistad Research Center is a sizable collection of children’s books and graphic novels on the topic of the civil rights movement? Below are some highlights, but you can search our collections cataloged in the Tulane University library catalog using the following steps:

1. At the catalog page, select the “catalog” tab
2. Enter “juvenile literature” as a keyword search
3. Limit the location to Amistad Research Center
4. Click the “magnifying glass” search button

This will produce a list of the children’s books housed at the Center. To search our graphic novels, simply visit our online description of the Center’s Comics and Graphic Novels Collection, and select the Books link on the left.

All of these items can be viewed in Amistad’s Reading Room. Stop in and catch up on some summer time reading…

Carol Greene's "Martin Luther King Jr: A Man Who Changed Things," 1989.

Carol Greene’s “Martin Luther King Jr: A Man Who Changed Things,” 1989.

Shyrlee Dallard's "Ella Baker: A Leader Behind the Scenes," 1990.

Shyrlee Dallard’s “Ella Baker: A Leader Behind the Scenes,” 1990.

John Lewis' "March: Book One," 2013.

John Lewis’ “March: Book One,” 2013.

Laird and Bey's "Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans," 2009.

Laird and Bey’s “Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans,” 2009.

Posted by Christopher Harter

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