Reading List: Civil Rights

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are sharing a few books that highlight the Civil Rights movement in America and across the world. You can find more Civil Rights titles here


Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey 

By Ana Maria Spagna

Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction prize, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus deftly weaves cultural and personal history, memoir, and reportage in this fascinating look at a family and a nation’s past.


Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line

By William C. Kashatus

William C. Kashatus deepens our understanding of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, two baseball icons and civil rights pioneers, and provides a clearer picture of their time and our own.


The United States and Human Rights: Looking Inward and Outward
Edited by David P. Forsythe

“David Forsythe has put together a much-needed volume on the place of human rights in US policy. Indeed, the primary strength of this edited volume is its focus on the ways in which US policies affect human rights both abroad and at home. . . . An important step in the right direction.”—Debra L. DeLaet, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics


Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement
By Stephen Snyder-Hill
Foreword by George Takei

“Read [Snyder-Hill’s] story and know the price paid for intolerance and the limitless joy of triumph.”—Harvey Fierstein, Tony Award–winning actor and playwright


Quilts and Human Rights
By Marsha MacDowell, Mary Worrall, Lynne Swanson, and Beth Donaldson
Foreword by Desmond Tutu

Quilts and Human Rights pays tribute to the individuals who have used needle skills to prick the conscience and encourage action against human rights violations.

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