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Many fine nonfiction books, movies, and other sources for young people focus on or include information about Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Era. Cynthia Levinson, author of We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, recommends the following.

Brimner, Larry Dane. Birmingham Sunday. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press, 2010.

Levine, Ellen. Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories. New York: Puffin Books, 1993.

Mayer, Robert H. When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc. 2008.

McWhorter, Diane. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2004.

Rochelle, Belinda. Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights. New York: Dutton Books, 1993.

Tougas, Shelley. Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support. Mankato, Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2011.

Lee, Spike (Director). 4 Little Girls: The story of four young girls who paid the price for a nation’s ignorance. HBO Documentary, 2001. DVD.

Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk (1961–1963). Blackside Productions, PBS-TV, 1986.

Mighty Times: The Children’s March. Dir. Robert Houston. HBO Family and Southern Poverty Law Center, 2004. DVD


Carawan, Guy and Candie (eds). Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs. Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books, 2007.

Seeger, Pete, and Bob Reiser. Everybody Says Freedom: A History of the Civil Rights Movement in Songs and Pictures. New York: Norton, 1989.

Various Artists. Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs. Smithsonian Folkways, 1992.

Selected Websites

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Eyes on the Prize

National Civil Rights Museum

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute