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Guide to Source Material for Anti-Racist Activists and Thinkers

Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era (1865-1955)


Ida B. Wells
Mary Church Terrell
W.E.B. Du Bois
A.J. Muste
Howard Thurman
Myles Horton
Thurgood Marshall
Bayard Rustin
Jim Peck
Frantz Fanon


Civil Rights Era (1955-1968)

Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King, Sr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jo Ann Robinson
Ralph Abernathy
Robert Graetz
Fred Shuttlesworth
Kelly Miller Smith
James Lawson
John Lewis
Diane Nash
Bernard Lafayette
James Bevel
Marion Barry
Jim Zwerg
C.T. Vivian
James Meredith
Fannie Lou Hamer
Ella Baker
Septima Clark
Robert Moses
Aaron Henry
Anne Moody
Julian Bond
Andrew Young
Whitney Young
Roy Wilkins
James Forman
James Farmer
Malcolm X
Eldridge Cleaver
Stokely Carmichael
Pauli Murray
James Baldwin

Civil Rights Era (1955-1968) - White Allies

George Houser
Anne Braden
Lillian Smith
Virginia Durr
Clifford Durr
Jon Daniels
Mary King
Casey Hayden
Constance Curry
Robert Zellner
Dorothy Zellner
Morris Dees
Robert Spike

Post Civil Rights Era to the Present (1969-)

Angela Davis
Maya Angelou
Toni Morrison
bell hooks
James Cone
Cornel West
Michael Eric Dyson
Isabel Wilkerson
Ibram X. Kendi
Robin D’Angelo
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Layla Saad
Ijeoma Oluo
Michelle Alexander
Eddie Glaude
Claudia Rankine
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carol Anderson (1959- )
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Alicia Garza
Patricia Cullors
Jelani Cobb