DocsBox: Civil Rights

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DocsBox: Civil Rights

Civil Rights – Geared Towards Middle/High School, Adaptable for younger grades

Our Civil Rights DocsBox was made possible by generous memorial gifts in honor of Joe Nave, a long-time member of the Friends of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and a lifelong lover of history.  


The Civil Rights DocsBox investigates the various efforts and perspectives of Tennesseans who participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century. Students will explore primary and secondary sources available from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and related three-dimensional objects. Topics include the Nashville sit-ins, Tent Cities, school integration, demonstrations, boycotts, and more.

An interactive map of the Civil Rights Movement, which includes discussion questions for students, is provided here.

Included in this DocsBox:

  • TSLA Primary Sources
  • Educator lesson plan and extension ideas
  • “I Am A Man” demonstration poster 
  • (2) Copies of The Negro Motorist Green-Book: 1940
  • Woolworth Menu from 1948
  • March on Washington demonstration button


DocsBox: Civil Rights Calendar

Request for Civil Rights DocsBox

Click here to access request form for reserving the Civil Rights DocsBox from the Tennessee State Library and Archives