Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.
Oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement to obtain justice, freedom and equality for African Americans and to record new interviews with people who participated in the struggle. A project by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Stanford historian Clayborne Carson to edit and publish The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since then, the King Papers Project has engaged in a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate's life and the movements he inspired.
Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the University of Baltimore offered a close-up examination of the Baltimore Riots of 1968—their causes and the short- and long-term consequences—in a series of public events called "Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth."