The Civil Rights Digital Library

From the Digital Library of Georgia…this is an AMAZING resource.  Be sure to check it out at!

The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) initiative is the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web. The CRDL promotes an enhanced
understanding of the Movement trough its three principal components:

1) a digital video archive delivering 30 hours of historical news film
allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil
Rights Movement
2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the
Movement by aggregating metadata from 75 libraries and allied
organizations from across the nation
3) instructional materials to facilitate the use of the video content in
the learning process.

The centerpiece of the site is a collection of more than 30 hours of historical news film held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. These
moving images—about 450 clips–cover a broad range of key civil rights events, including the following:

– desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (1957)
– the Atlanta Temple bombing (1958)
– Atlanta sit-ins (1960)
– Freedom Rides (1961)
– desegregation of the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech (1961)
– the Albany Movement (1961-1962)
– desegregation of Ole Miss (1962) and University of Alabama (1963)
– the Americus Movement (1963, 1965)
– Birmingham demonstrations (1963)
– many other topics

The video archive covers both national figures and local leaders. There is more than two hours of film related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s role in the Albany Movement is documented extensively, including clips of speeches at mass meetings, his arrest by local police, press conferences, and his visit to a pool hall to urge local African Americans to adopt non-violence in achieving change in Albany. Among the clips is coverage of King’s reaction to President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and his funeral in 1968.

In addition to the news film, the digital library includes related collections from 75 libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Most are original documentation of the period, such as oral histories, letters, diaries, FBI files, and photographs.

A partnership with the online New Georgia Encyclopedia is a key component, providing concise, authoritative articles on events and individuals associated with the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia,
supplemented by images and multi-media files.

The CRDL initiative includes a special site for teachers, called “Freedom on Film” (currently in development) that relates civil rights stories from nine Georgia towns and cities, along with related news film, discussion questions, lesson plans, and related readings. Freedom on Film is being developed by University of Georgia faculty and students, along with scholars from other institutions.

The Civil Rights Digital Library receives financial support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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