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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection, currently featuring a selection of our award-winning films from Stanley Nelson (Firelight), documenting pivotal moments in the 20th century civil rights movement— along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with race, democracy and justice.
An overview of Plessy v. Ferguson and the introduction of the “separate but equal” doctrine. (Legal Information Institute - Open Access to Law Since 1992. Cornell Law School)
Audio & Video Resources
Ella Baker was known as the Backbone of the Civil Rights Movement. She led by listening. A master at group dynamics and responding to human emotions, she had a special gift of inspiring people to believing they could make a change. With her grassroots leadership, Ella advise college students in forming SNCC in 1960 and continued to teach techniques to activists. #WomenYouShouldKnow
African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, as part of the March on Washington. (Audio and transcript of the complete speech.)