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February 2004

Journey to Freedom · The Civil Rights Era

Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore
Charles Moore
779.93231196 qM821 1991
The striking pictures taken by Moore, an Alabama news photographer who worked for Life magazine, played a significant role in galvanizing the American public to support the Civil Right movement.

The Freedom Quilting Bee
Nancy Callahan
746.460976 C156 1987
Traveling across the South in December of 1965, Francis X. Walter, a white Episcopal priest and head of an Alabama civil rights project, came upon quilts produced by black women and recognized their artistic sophistication. Walter came up with the idea that selling the quilts would be a way to involve the women in the civil rights movement. This was the beginning of the Freedom Quilting Bee.

Freedom to be Free: 1863-1963, The Century of Emancipation
United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1963
CR 1.1: 963
Written in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this study from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides a balanced view of the condition of African-Americans in 1963.