My Brown v. Board of Education Reading List

“For those who are seeking to learn more about the case that changed America, this reading list offers a place to begin, from children’s books to biographies to some of the most riveting non-fiction I have ever read.” 
— Sherrilyn Ifill

  • Richard Kluger, Simple Justice:  The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality  (1976)
  • Jack Greenberg, Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution (1994)
  • Constance Baker Motley, Equal Justice Under Law:  An Autobiography (1999)
  • Robert L. Carter & John Hope Franklin, A Matter of Law:  A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights(2005)
  • Derrick Bell, Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform (2005)
  • Leon Friedman (Editor), Brown v. Board of Education:  The Landmark Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court
  • Melba Patillo Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High School (2007)
  • Charles Ogletree, All Deliberate Speed:  Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (2004)
  • Beth Roy, Bitters in the Honey:  Tales of Hope & Disappointment Across Divides of Race & Time (1999)
  • Ruby Bridges, Through My Eyes (1999) (children’s book)
  • Davison Douglass, Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation 1865-1954 (2006)
  • Rawn James Jr., Root and Branch:  Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall & the Struggle to End Segregation (2010)
  • William Doyle, James Meredith & the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi 1962 (2003)
  • Toni Morrison, Remember: The Journey to School Integration (2004)
  • Bernard Schwartz, Swann’s Way: The School Busing Case & the Supreme Court (1986)
  • Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (2012)
  • John Charles Boger & Gary Orfield (Editors), School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back? (2009) 

Exclusive Excerpt from Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

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