The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute has a wealth of resources to learn about MLK and build Civil Rights lesson plans. The site offers encyclopedic information, primary sources, secondary sources, lesson plans, and online events (including documentaries).
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is located in Memphis, TN at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. In addition to the exhibit, the Museum offers a collection of educator resources, activity ideas, and other materials online.
Civil Rights Memorial Center
The Civil Rights Memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the fight for Civil Rights. If you can't visit the Memorial in Montgomery, AL, the website hosts educational materials, including a Civil Rights activity book for kids.
Civil Rights Act (1968)
The Civil Rights Act of 1968, also called the Fair Housing Act, banned discrimination in housing, rentals, and mortgages. The full text can be found on GovInfo.gov.
Civil Rights Act (1957)
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was the first of several Civil Rights laws and rulings throughout the Civil Rights Movement. The full text, as well as related letters, documents, reports, and statements can be found on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library website.
Loving v. Virginia (1967)
Loving v. Virginia was the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional. The full text of the case can be found on oyez.org.
Shelby County v. Holder (2013)
Shelby County v. Holder was the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled certain portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. The full text can be found on oyez.org.
Congress and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
This collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress that includes letters, statements, and photos related to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Voting Rights Act (1965)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 banned discriminatory voting laws. The full text can be found on OurDocuments.gov.
Civil Rights Act (1964)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned segregation in businesses and public places and outlawed discriminatory practices in hiring. The full text can be found on OurDocuments.gov.
Brown v. Board at Fifty: “With an Even Hand”
The Library of Congress put together an exhibition of primary sources and documents to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The online exhibition includes reports, studies, statements, and more leading up to the case as well as covering the aftermath.
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Brown v. Board of Education was the landmark Supreme Court case that prohibited legal segregation in public schools. You can find the full text of the ruling on OurDocuments.gov.
A Time for Justice (Video)
A Time for Justice is an Academy Award winning short documentary that outlines the Civil Rights Movement using historical footage and first-hand accounts from activists. The full video can be found on YouTube.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee is a group that helped organize various actions, protests, and boycotts during the Civil Rights Movement. Its website it a great source of information and includes timelines, articles, and other resources.
LIFE Civil Rights Movement Photos
A collection of photo essays from LIFE that cover different topics, people, and events from the Civil Rights Movement.
1960s Gallup Polls on Civil Rights Protests
Historical data from Gallup polls taken in the 1960s show Americans' views of Civil Rights protestors and how they changed over time.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom
A comprehensive timeline from the 1900s to 1964 and the passing of the Civil Rights Act, complete with primary sources, images, legal documents, and more. From the Library of Congress.
Facing History: Civil Rights Lesson Plans
Facing History has a large collection of lesson plans that focus on important ideas, people, and events from the Civil Rights Movement. Most of the lesson plans are geared toward older or more advanced students.
Civil Rights Teaching: Lesson Plans
CivilRightsTeaching.org is a comprehensive website dedicated to teaching Civil Rights. The website is a one-stop shop for resources, lesson plans, and materials for teaching students of all ages.
Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement (Timeline)
Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a comprehensive timeline that tracks the notable figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement from the early 1900s to today.
Civil Rights Movement Archive
The Civil Rights Movement Archive is an encyclopedic website that hosts a wealth of primary sources documenting the Civil Rights Movement from 1951-1968. You can find thousands of historical images, documents, reports, letters, articles, films, educator resources, and more.
Civil Rights Trail
The fight for American civil rights spanned decades, cities and states - from Topeka, Kansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Selma and Birmingham, and all the way to Washington, D.C. Chart the course of the Civil Rights Movement through the Civil Rights Trail that begins with the site of school integration and takes you to the scene of Bloody Sunday and finally the Supreme Court of the United States. This website allows you to explore the destinations important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as plan your journey to cities along the trail. On this site, you'll find places to see and things to do at each destination. Plus, you'll find in-depth explorations crafted to allow you to experience the destination or event in a more comprehensive way. Discover the trail. Discover the fight for civil rights. And make sure the true stories that changed history are never lost.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Brown v. Board of Education ended legal segregation in public schools. This site helps tells the story of the people involved and the political climate of the times. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.
The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
The Center focuses on documenting and preserving memorabilia from the civil rights period, Montgomery black history, and the history of Alabama State University.
Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center
The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center preserves the Tuskegee history in Alabama. Tuskegee, well known as the training site of the Tuskegee Airmen, is lesser known as the birthplace of Rosa Parks.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The website of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum includes a virtual tour of the museum as well as teacher resources.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The only museum dedicated to the civil rights icon. Occasionally hosts virtual tours if you can't be there in person.