2018 MLK Day of Service

Are you looking for ways to celebrate the MLK Day of Service on January 15, 2018?

In addition to the many titles we own, you can enjoy several streaming videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday from our Films on Demand collection. Learn more about his life from the historical documents and personal records found in our Archives Unbound collections like Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 or Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement. The Civil Rights Digital Library delivers engaging multimedia and articles related to the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. GALILEO @ Clayton State has articles, images, videos, and the full text of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the library will be closed on Monday, January 15th. We are open on Saturday, 1/13 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 1/14 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Events happening on MLK Day:


Trial: Adam Matthew Digital Collections

We have trial access for several collections from Adam Matthew Digital specializing in online primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences until 11/8/17 . We invite you to use these resources during the trial period and provide us with feedback by sending your comments to http://clayton.libwizard.com/feedback. The trial access is limited to on campus use only and PDF downloads are not permitted.

  1. African American Communities
    Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.
  2. First World War
    The First World War portal presents rich and varied primary source documents on the personal experiences of men and women, recruitment, the development and dissemination of various forms of propaganda, women’s war work, the Home Front and a broad array of international perspectives. The wealth of original documents include: personal narratives, diaries, newspapers, posters, postcards, photographs, printed books, military and government files, ephemera, artwork, personal artifacts and film.
  3. Medical Services and Warfare
    Explore multiple perspectives on the history of injury, treatment and disease on the front line. Chart scientific advances through hospital records, medical reports and first-hand accounts, and discover the evidence of how war shaped medical practice across the centuries.
  4. Popular Medicine in America
    The material covers popular trends such as phrenology, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy, and documents the rise of widespread advertising by commercial manufacturers of medical aids. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera.
  5. Race Relations in America
    Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource provides access to a wealth of documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions. These range from survey material, including interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.

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February Featured LibGuide: African American Studies

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the scholarly study of the history, literature, culture, religion, and politics of African-Americans. The field is not limited in its scope to the continental United States, but includes the entire African Diaspora which encompasses African people descended from Africans dispersed, displaced, and scattered by enslavement, genocide, war, migration, and conflict. The African American Studies guide includes books, articles, electronic resources, and multimedia plus a focus on slavery & slave trade resources.



Eyes on the Prize Series


The landmark PBS series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 has been added to the Films on Demand collection. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. It traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates.

1. Awakenings 1954–1956: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

2. Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

3. Ain’t Scared of Your Jails 1960–1961: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. “Freedom Riders” also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.

4. No Easy Walk 1961–1963: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King’s leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

5. Mississippi—Is This America? 1963–1964: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Mississippi’s grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

6. Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.

7. The Time Has Come 1964–1966: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from “Freedom Now!” to “Black Power!” as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

8. Two Societies 1965–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago’s civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them against Chicago’s powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate with mixed results. In Detroit, a police raid in a black neighborhood sparks an urban uprising that lasts five days, leaving 43 people dead. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming “two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.” President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, ignores the report.

9. Power! 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents to gain educational control of a Brooklyn school district but then lead them to a showdown with New York City’s teachers’ union.

10. The Promised Land 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People’s Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated. King’s death and the failure of his final campaign mark the end of a major stream of the movement.

11. Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More 1964–1972: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of this prominent black institution. Black elected officials and community activists organize the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, in an attempt to create a unified black response to growing repression against the movement.

12. A Nation of Law? 1968–1971: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon’s call to “law and order,” stepped-up arrests push the already poor conditions at New York’s Attica State Prison to the limit. A five-day inmate takeover calling the public’s attention to the conditions leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.

13. The Keys to the Kingdom 1974–1980: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case challenges that policy. This film contains offensive language.

14. Back to the Movement 1979–Mid 1980s: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Power and powerlessness. Miami’s black community—pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment— explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city’s Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago’s first black mayor.

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July Featured Content: Independence Day


The Revolution: explores the history of the American Revolution, from the beginning incidents that fueled dissent, to the inauguration of the first president of the fledgling, independent nation. 8-part series, 45 minutes each

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots: an all-star cast reads from a collection of letters, diaries, speeches, and military records that document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-Americans across four centuries of warfare. 6-part series, 45–131 minutes each

America: The Story of Us: From the earliest interactions between Europeans and Native Americans to the efforts of pioneers and homesteaders to cultivate the frontier… from the harnessing of the Mississippi River for trade and travel to the dramatic moments of the Apollo 11 moon landing… this 12-part series reveals the conflicts and connections that have shaped U.S. history. At every turn, the series shows how Americans created new tools, mechanisms, and structures in order to blaze trails, build towns, and construct cities—eventually forging a distinct and diverse national culture. 12-part series, 60 minutes each

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February Featured Resource: African American Archives

African American Archives provides over one million pages of original historical documents pertaining to the African American experience over several centuries. Collections include the Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation from the Danish West Indies (1672-1917) and Records of the Southern Claims Commission. Highlights of the collection are:

  • Government records
  • Original muster and hospital rolls
  • Lists of deserters
  • Notational cards
  • Enlistment papers
  • Casualty sheets
  • Death reports
  • News clippings from the American Colonization Society
  • Prisoner of war papers


February Featured Resource: African American Biographical Database

African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together the biographies and narratives of thousands of African Americans spanning the years 1790-1950. It features the rich cultural heritage of the African American community, including sketches of national activists; state and local figures; prominent women; legal, medical, educational, business, and other professionals; musicians, artists and writers; church and missionary leaders; social club and fraternal order members; reform organization members; former slaves; and more. In addition, users will be able to view thousands of photographs and illustrations.

Use the Profile Search to locate individuals by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information or use the Full Text Search to search the full text of the biographical sources by any word or phrase, including a personal name.