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Black Protest Movements: Home

Resources to help you learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and earlier movements for African American racial justice.


    Jefferson College's Diversity Committee and Jefferson College Library invite you to participate in Black Protest Movements: A Conversation on February 26, at 1pm.  This guide contains resources to allow the campus community to learn more about the topics of civil rights for African Americans, Black Protest Movements, and the history of the United States.  If you would like to join this conversation, please take some time to explore the topic.  If you want additional resources, thousands more may be found in our catalog Archway, our article and film databases, our collection of government documents, or through MOBIUS, our shared statewide catalog.  Many of these resources are restricted to current faculty, staff, and students. To access these resources from off campus, login with your name and ID number. If you are a community member and would like to know how to access these materials, please contact Jefferson College Library at

Films on Protest

Viewpoint: When Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

Phoenix, A., Amesu, A., Naylor, I. and Zafar, K. (2020) ‘Viewpoint: “When black lives matter all lives will matter” − A teacher and three students discuss the BLM movement’. London Review of Education, 18 (3), 519–23.

Article Abstract: The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is generating a new appetite for understanding the ubiquity of systemic racism. In this short piece, a professor and three newly graduated students from different racialized groups reflect on the reproduction of social inequalities in key institutions and on what decolonization means for England, not just for education.

Print Books Available for Checkout

Jefferson College Diversity Statement

Jefferson College is a community leader dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity through opportunities and experiences that foster a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and understanding for everyone in the campus community to engage in a diverse world.  Learn more...

An Interview with Black Lives Matter Movement Founders

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Systemic Racism Debate: Are street protests the best way to bring about racial equality

Seft Hunter
Director, Black-Led Organizing and Power Building, Community Change. Written for CQ Researcher, October 2020

Since the highly public murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, the nation has been rocked by protests calling for systemic reform in policing and expansion of economic opportunity for the poor and people of color. While these protests have been highly effective at galvanizing broad and sustained attention around the world, the protests are in fact not the goal, but rather a means to build power among the marginalized.

In a direct democracy, protests offer a reliable check on power. They provide an immediate way for citizens to voice their support for, or opposition to, policies or ideas that elected or appointed leaders are seeking to advance.

Katharine C. Gorka
Director for Civil Society and the American Dialogue, Heritage Foundation. Written for CQ Researcher, October 2020

Protests can be one of the most effective ways to produce change. America's Founders understood that. Indeed, the United States is a country today and not a British colony because our Founders protested the tyranny of George III. So committed were they to the importance of protest that they then enshrined the right to protest in the Constitution.

The civil rights movement also effectively used peaceful protest in the 1960s to challenge Jim Crow laws and deeply entrenched racism. Sweeping changes resulted, both in the laws but perhaps more importantly in people's hearts...

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Debate: Is the black power movement's uncompromising stance against racism a positive force?


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The Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Long Struggle for Freedom

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was rooted in the struggle of Americans of African descent to obtain basic rights of citizenship in the nation.

The social, legal, and political forces that battled discrimination for decades won a major victory with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—the most significant piece of U.S. civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

This exhibit of documents, photographs, recordings, and film from The Library of Congress traces the path that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Eagle symbol of the FDLP

Jefferson College Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program and library staff are happy to connect you with U.S. Government documents in print or online.

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ebooks for Borrowing

Songs of Protest

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Library Databases

Use these databases to find articles and information about racism, white supremacy, history, and much more.

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