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    • Roy Wilkins : the quiet revolutionary and the NAACP
      Roy Wilkins : the quiet revolutionary and the NAACP
      Yvonne Ryan.
      Roy Wilkins (1901--1981) spent forty-six years of his life serving the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and led the organization for more than twenty years. Under his leadership, the NAACP spearheaded efforts that contributed to landmark civil rights legislation, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. In Roy Wilkins: The Quiet Revolutionary and the NAACP, Yvonne Ryan offers the first biography of this influential activist, as well as an analysis of his significant contributions to civil rights in America. While activists in Alabama were treading the highways between Selma and Montgomery, Wilkins was walking the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., working tirelessly in the background to ensure that the rights they fought for were protected through legislation and court rulings. With his command of congressional procedure and networking expertise, Wilkins was regarded as a strong and trusted presence on Capitol Hill, and received greater access to the Oval Office than any other civil rights leader during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Roy Wilkins fills a significant gap in the history of the civil rights movement, objectively exploring the career and impact of one of its forgotten leaders. The quiet revolutionary, who spent his life navigating the Washington political system, affirmed the extraordinary and courageous efforts of the many men and women who braved the dangers of the southern streets and challenged injustice to achieve equal rights for all Americans.
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    • Southern Black women in the modern civil rights movement
    • A cry for justice : Daniel Rudd and his life in Black Catholicism, journalism, and activism, 1854-1933
    • NAACP youth and the fight for black freedom, 1936-1965
    • From every mountainside : black churches and the broad terrain of civil rights
      From every mountainside : black churches and the broad terrain of civil rights
      edited by R. Drew Smith.
      "It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-twentieth-century South. From Every Mountainside contains essays that refuse to bracket the quest for civil rights in this manner, treating the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society. Individual essays point to the multiple directions the quest for civil rights has taken, into the North and West, and into policy areas left unresolved since the end of the 1960s, including immigrant and gay rights, health care for the uninsured, and the persistent denials of black voting rights and school equality. In exploring these issues, the volume's contributors shed light on distinctive regional dimensions of African American political and church life that bear in significant ways on both the mobilization of civil rights activism and the achievement of its goals."--p. [4] of cover.
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    This database includes the complete content of the microfiche series "Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950," a substantial compilation of biographical material on more than 30,000 African American individuals. Because this resource includes both famous and everyday persons, it is of interest to both historians and genealogists. Searchable by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information. Includes some illustrations and photographs.

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    This database contains the stories of American slaves as told by the former slaves themselves, in their own voices. Includes the complete content of more than 2,000 interviews conducted in seventeen states between 1936 and 1938 under the Federal Writers' Project of the Work Progress Administration. Fully indexed & searchable by key word. Includes some sound files of the actual interviews. Also includes the full text of George Rawick's From Sundown To Sunup: The Making of the Black Community (Greenwood, 1972), an excellent introduction to the collection.

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    Full-text searching of all issues of the Cleveland Call and Post published between 1934 and 1991. (An index to issues from 1992 to 2004 and full text for issues from 2005 to present is available in the Ethnic Newswatch database.) Cleveland’s longtime African American newspaper, the Call & Post was formed in 1927 by the merger of the Call and the Post. The paper’s rise to prominence began in 1932 with the arrival of William O. Walker (1896-1981), who became its publisher within a few years. A strong local voice for racial equality, the paper has long urged participation in politics and encouraged black solidarity and self-reliance.

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    HeritageQuest features the U. S. Census, 1790-1930 (1850-60 Slave Census Schedules not included), The Periodical Source Index (PERSI), A digitized collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books, Records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874).

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    JSTOR is a large digital archive of scholarly journals. This site provides convenient full-text access to journals in the following fields: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, and Sociology.

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    In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
    The migration was a watershed in the history of African Americans
    African American Experience in Ohio
    This digital collection illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans and provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them.
    Born in Slavery
    Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.
    History: African American
    A research guide to primary and secondary sources for African American history.
    African American History Digital Library
    Directory of Online Publications, Documents, Museum Exhibits, & Research Collections
    Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Black History
    Documents the African American experience, and celebrates the achievements of many individual African Americans.
    Digital Schomburg
    Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience