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For younger readers

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
Seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett courageously joins in the struggle for civil rights in her hometown of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, in 1963.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
During the summer of 1963, the Watsons, an African American family, travel from their home in Michigan to visit Grandma in Alabama, allowing them to witness the Civil Rights movement firsthand.

A Friendship for Today by Pat McKissack
In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, Rosemary Patterson enters the sixth grade as the only black student at an all-white school.

Remember As You Pass Me By by L. King Pérez
Following the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, twelve-year-old Silvy, who is white, and her best friend, Mabelee, who is black, find that their friendship changes along with the newfound tension in their Texas hometown.

Not Separate, Not Equal by Brenda Wilkinson
When Malene Freeman becomes one of a group of six black students to integrate a Georgia public high school in the mid-1960's she experiences threats of violence in the face of the civil rights movement.

For older readers

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Identity and community are the issues that budding cartoonist Arnold Spirit must face as he transfers from his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to an all-white school in a neighboring town.

Bone by Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston
A harrowing, raw story of bigotry in 1950's Tennessee, where ten-year-old David deals with his father's racist beliefs and his own friendship with Malcolm, an African American boy.

The Stones of Mourning Creek by Diane Les Becquets
Living in a town that harbors violence and racial tension, fourteen-year-old Francine develops a controversial and dangerous friendship with Ruthie, an African-American girl her own age.

My Mother the Cheerleader by Rob Sharenow
These "cheerleaders" are a group of white mothers who gather each morning to harass Ruby Bridges as she enters her newly desegregated school in New Orleans.

Dancing with Elvis by Lynda Stephenson
Fifteen-year-old Frankilee Baxter's life is complicated by the girl her mother has taken in to rescue her from abuse, all the while Frankilee is dealing with integration at her Texas high school.


Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision: A Collection

Children of the Civil Rights Era by Catherine A. Welch

Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate But Equal? by Harvey Fireside

The Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis in American History by Robert Somerlott

Separate, But Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle by James Haskins

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison


Feature Films

Freedom Song

Selma, Lord, Selma

Nonfeature Films

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement

Fred Shuttlesworth: The Old Lion, in his own words

Little Rock Central, 50 Years Later

Sisters of Selma

Voices of Civil Rights


This is the list of selected websites Ms. Draper recommends at the back of Fire from the Rock:

National Archives

Arkansas Online

Central High School National Historic Site

Arkansas History Commission

Little Rock Central High 40th Anniversary Site

National Register of Historic Places, Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

History Learning Site

About.com: Central High

About.com: Little Rock Nine

About.com: Top 10 Little Rock Central High Resources


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