Recommended Resources


  • Abernathy, Ralph D. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down, 1989.
  • Aretha, David. Selma and the Voting Rights Act, 2008.
  • Boynton, Amelia. The Bridge Across Jordan: The Story of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Selma Alabama, 1979.
  • Branch, Taylor. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,1989.
  • Branch, Taylor. At Cannan’s Edge:  America in the King Years, 1963-65, 1988.
  • Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters, America in the King Years, 1954-63, 1989.
  • Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire, 1998.
  • Carawan, Guy and Candie. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Songs of the Freedom Movement, 1968.
  • Eagles, Charles W. Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1993.
  • Fager, Charles. Selma 1965: The March That Changed The South, 1974.
  • Fairclough, Adam. To Redeem the Soul of America:  The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr. 1987.
  • Forman, James. Sammy Younge, Jr.: The First Black Student To Die In the Black Liberation Movement, 1968.
  • Freedman, Russell. Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, 2014.
  • Garrow, David. Protest at Selma, 1980.
  • Jeffries, Hasan Kwame. Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt, 2009.
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches, 2003.
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Strength to Love, 2010.
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? 2010.
  • Lafayette, Bernard. In Peace and Freedom, 2013.
  • Leacock, Elspeth, Susan Buckley, Lynda B. Lowery. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights, 2015.
  • Lewis, Andrew B. The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation, 2010.
  • McCarty, Clinton. The Reins of Power: Racial Change and Challenge in a Southern County, Wilcox, 1999.
  • Vaughn, Craig. The Selma Campaign: Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmie Lee Jackson, and the Defining Struggle of the Civil Rights, 2014.
  • Vaughn, Wally G. The Selma Campaign, 1963-1965: The Decisive Battle of the Civil Rights Movement, 2006.

Scholarly Journals


  • Alabama Journal
  • Birmingham World
  • Forward Times
  • Journal & Guide
  • Michigan Chronicle
  • Montgomery Advertiser
  • Muslim Journal
  • New York Amsterdam News
  • Selma Times Journal
  • St. Louis Argus
  • The Afro American
  • The Call
  • The Call & Post
  • The Chicago Defender
  • The Gary Crusader
  • The Louisville Defender
  • The New Republic
  • The New York Times

Alabama State University Voting Rights Archival Collections

  • The Rev. Ralph Abernathy Collection
  • The Rev. Richard Boone Collection
  • Centennial Hill Collection
  • Dorothy Frazier Collection
  • Herman Harris Collection
  • John Jones Collection
  • John Knight Collection
  • Viola Liuzzo Collection
  • Nelson Malden Collection
  • Thad McClammy Collection
  • Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Collection
  • Gwen Patton Collection
  • Solomon Seay, Jr. Collection

Voting Rights Oral Histories at Alabama State University



  • Citizen King (PBS, 2004)
  • Eyes on the Prize – America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985
  • In Remembrance of Martin, 1986
  • Roads to Memphis, The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2010)
  • Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)
  • Sisters of Selma, Bearing Witness for Change (2007)