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Civil Rights Research

Your guide to Civil Rights Research at the Mississippi State University Libraries

Civil Rights Act and the 14th Amendment

Members of the “Washington Freedom Riders Committee"

Members of the “Washington Freedom Riders Committee,” en route to Washington, D.C., hang signs from bus windows to protest segregation, New York, 1961. Copyprint. New York World-Telegram and Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Digital ID # cph 3c25958


Relocation of Japanese-Americans


The Relocation of Japanese-Americans, 1942-1946. Crowd behind barbed wire fence at the Santa Anita Assembly Center in California, wave to friends on train departing for various relocation centers located throughout the United States, 1942. Photograph by Julian F. Fowlkes. Copyprint. U.S. Signal Corps, Wartime Civil Control Administration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (3) Digital ID# cph 3b07599


Marcher at the 1963 March on Washington

One of the thousands of marchers who participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in Washington, DC.  Source:  National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency; Link:

Voting Rights Act and the 15th Amendment

Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King

President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 while Dr. King and others look on. Photo from the Congress on Racial Equality's website:


Hayes, Marshall, and Habrit celebrate Brown v. Board decision

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954. George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit, following Supreme Court decision ending segregation. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (9) Reproduction # LC-USZ62-111236 (b&w film copy neg.)


Harvey Milk

Community and human rights activist, Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person elected to public office in 1977.

Privacy Rights

Operators at telephone switchboard

A telephone switchboard during World War II.  Source: National Archives, Records of the Women’s Bureau; Link:


James Groppi with protestors

Father James Groppi with protestors, at Wisconsin State Capital during welfare protests.  Wisconsin Historical Society, Father Groppi and Protestors, 4934. Viewed online at