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Roy Wilkins: The Quiet Revolutionary and the NAACP

by 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.

An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee

edited by Aram Goudsouzian and Charles W. McKinney Jr.

During the second half of the nineteenth century, Memphis, Tennessee, had the largest metropolitan population of African Americans in the Mid-South region and served as a political hub for civic organizations and grassroots movements.

James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement

by Sara Rzeszutek

James Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson grew up understanding that opportunities came differently for blacks and whites, men and women, rich and poor.

The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North

edited by Mary Lou Finley, Bernard LaFayette Jr., James R. Ralph Jr., and Pam Smith foreword by Clayborne Carson

Six months after the Selma to Montgomery marches and just weeks after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group from Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff arrived in Chicago, eager to apply his nonviolent approach to social change in a northern city.

Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis

by Keona K. Ervin

Like most of the nation during the 1930s, St. Louis, Missouri, was caught in the stifling grip of the Great Depression.