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Civil Rights, Racism & White Privilege

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."  - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Understanding Racism Resources
  • Reading for Racial Justice: The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world. To promote understanding and action for change, this collection of antiracist books is available to all to read online for free through August 31, 2020. 
  • JSTOR:  Institutionalized Racism:  A Syllabus
Civil Rights Movement Websites
The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is a scholarly organization founded to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture. 
From the U.S. Department of Education. Illustrates that Civil Rights is not a historical phenomenon but an ongoing issue in the United States.
"The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale." 
Also, see issue 8 (Summer 2006) of History Now, the Institute's online journal.
The History website has a wealth of information about the Civil Rights movement and the many events that occurred during this era.  The link takes you to the results page of a search for “Civil Rights”. 
United Nations resource guide to fight against racism.
Compiles links to civil-rights resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on civil rights and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers. 
An important site from the Library of Congress. Follow through links to Civil Rights, Jim Crow, Martin Luther King, etc.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute provides access to thousands of documents, photographs and publications about the modern African American Freedom Struggle.
Of the many events that led ultimately to the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Montgomery Bus Boycott stands out as particularly iconic.
A comprehensive Smithsonian Museum website.
A partnership project produced by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Transportation, The Federal Highway Administration, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
Keywords to Search
Where to begin when searching for information? There are literally thousands of online resources, including ebooks, newspapers, magazines and films available through Erickson Library's OneSearch

Here is a list of subject and keywords to consider:
  • Racism 
  • Anti-racism
  • Civil Rights
  • Race Discrimination
  • White Privilege
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • Martin Luther King, Jr
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