Introduction to African-American Studies



Week VIII.{Topics}{Personalities}{Readings}{Multimedia}

The Second Reconstruction, 1954-1962


Black Freedom Movement, 1950s-early 1960s
Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956
Role of blacks in JFK-Nixon election, 1960
Freedom Rides, 1960-1961
"Sit-in" Movement, 1960-1961


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Roy Wilkins
Rosa Parks
Thurgood Marshall


Giddings, When and Where I Enter, Chapter XV, pp. 261-275.

Marable, Race, Reform and Rebellion, Chapter III, "The Demand for Reform, 1954-1960," pp. 40-60.

Williams, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 Chapter III, "We're Not Moving to the Back, Mr. Blake: The Montgomery Bus Boycott," pp. 59-89; Chapter IV, "Hall Monitors from the 101st: The Little Rock Story," pp. 91-119; and Chapter V, "Down Freedom's Main Line: The Movement's Next Generation," pp. 121-161.

Marable and Mullings, eds., Let Nobody Turn Us Around, Section Four, "Introduction," pp. 367-376; and Numbers 1-7, pp. 376-406.


SNCC Freedom Singers, "We Shall Overcome"
Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"

News film clips of major protest campaigns Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1956;
sit-ins in Greensboro, Atlanta, Nashville, etc.; speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, etc.

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