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African Americans in North Carolina: Civil Rights

A Bibliography of Sources Available in the North Carolina Collection and Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Ervin, Paul R. Civil Rights and the South : a Symposium. New York: Da Capo Press, 1971. C326 N87u1

Published in 1963, this compilation of essays from The North Carolina Law Review provides essential insight into civil rights issues such as school desegregation, employment, and property rights. Authors include Robert F. Kennedy, Sam J. Ervin Jr., and Marion A. Wright.

Redding, Evangeline Grant. Nothing : the Mentality of the Black Woman. Tillery, N.C.: Heritage of Hope, 1976. C326 R313n

Self-published collection of poetry and statements about racism and sexism from a North Carolina author. One chapter is about Joan Little, a black North Carolina prisoner who fights back against sexual assault and kills her white jailer.

Unah, Isaac. Race and the Death Penalty in North Carolina : an Empirical Analysis, 1993-1997. S.l.: s.n., 2001. C343.2 U54r

The conclusions of this study, published in 2001, find that the race of the homicide victim in particular had an impact on whether the accused received the death penalty. The study was the most comprehensive of NC's capital sentencing in the state's history, plus the first of substance anywhere in the south since the mid-'80s.

United States Commission on Civil Rights. North Carolina Advisory Committee. Equal Protection of the Laws in North Carolina : Report of the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1962. C326 N87a

This compiles the report of the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights 1959-62.  This committee was established in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1957 as a fact-finding organization. Members included McNeill Smith (Chairman) and A.T. Spaulding (Vice Chairman). The report covers violations of civil rights concerning voting, education, and housing, among others.

Theses and Dissertations

Digital and Archival Resources

Daniel H. Pollitt Papers, 1935-2009

Daniel Hubbard Pollitt (1921-2010) was a law professor, civil liberties lawyer, progressive activist, and staunch advocate and defender of civil liberties and civil rights. The collection documents Daniel H. Pollitt's legal career and his scholarly and public service interests and activities. The bulk of the collection consists of Pollitt's subject files.

John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

John Kenyon Chapman was a life-long social justice activist, organizer, and historian who focused his academic and social efforts on workers rights and African American empowerment in central North Carolina.  In the 1990s and 2000s, Chapman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he focused his activism and academic work on historical accuracy, African American empowerment, and civil rights education in and around Chapel Hill. During this time, Chapman founded and directed two racial and social justice organizations: the Freedom Legacy Project in 1995 and the Campaign for Historical Accuracy and Truth in 2005.

Arthur Franklin Raper Papers

Arthur Franklin Raper (1899-1979) was a rural sociologist, civil rights activist, and social science analyst both in the United States and in other countries. Born in Davidson County, N.C., Raper's early career focused on analysis of rural problems and racial discrimination in the South.

North Carolina Fund Records, 1962-1971

The North Carolina Fund, an independent, non-profit, charitable corporation, sought and dispensed funds to fight poverty in North Carolina, 1963-1968. Governor Terry Sanford and other North Carolinians convinced the Ford Foundation to grant $7 million initial funding for a statewide anti- poverty effort aimed at rural and urban communities. This money--plus additional funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; the U.S. Dept. of Labor; U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare; U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; and the Office of Economic Opportunity--enabled the Fund to support a broad program of education, community action, manpower development, research and planning, and other efforts to fight poverty. 

Civil Rights Greensboro

Provides access to archival resources documenting the modern civil rights era in Greensboro, North Carolina, from the 1940s to the early 1980s, including the Sit-In Movement and the Greensboro Massacre. This is a project of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Recommended subjects for further research

Civil rights -- North Carolina

African Americans -- Civil Rights (restricted to North Carolina Collection)

Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History (restricted to North Carolina Collection)

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