Happy Black History Month! This year the Rediscovering Black History blog at the National Archives would like to highlight select posts from the past. This public blog was created to inform researchers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in records related to African-American history at the National Archives and Presidential Libraries on the vast amount of textual, electronic, photographs, and special media available for use. For the past four years, NARA employees, student interns, and independent researchers have written informative and insightful blogs on the black experience through the use of our holdings. The highlighted blog posts for the month of February will center around popular themes. Today’s theme is the Civil Rights Movement.
Blogs about the Civil Rights Movement highlight the struggles, challenges, and successes of African Americans in achieving fair treatment and equal rights. The records used on this topic were mostly created by investigative agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to monitor violations of the Civil Rights Act. The selected blogs relate to voting rights, protest, marches, and the murder of people fighting for justice.
- “60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Tina L. Ligon
- “60th Anniversary of the Death of Emmett Louis Till” by Tina L. Ligon and Mary Kate Eckles
- “Bayard Rustin: The Inmate that Prison Could Not Handle” by Shaina Destine
- “Let Freedom Ring!!! Honoring the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” by Tina L. Ligon
- “The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church: A Turning Point in Civil Rights History” by Christina Violeta Jones
- “Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Legacy” by Alexis Hill
- “Striving Towards the Great Society: Remembering LBJ, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Momentous Year that Encompassed It” by Miranda Booker Perry
- “Three Civil Rights Workers” by Damon Turner
- “Voting Rights in the Early 1960s: “Registering Who They Wanted To”” by Stacey Chandler
- ““When It Was So Rough that You Couldn’t Make it”: Voting Rights in the Early 1960s” by Stacey Chandler
- “Selma, Edmund Pettus Bridge FBI Case File” by Netisha Currie
- “50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965” by Tina L. Ligon
- “Re-Introducing RG 60 Class 144 (Civil Rights) Litigation Case Files” by Tina L. Ligon