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)