Civil Rights Movement Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

“If you are seeking to learn about the past, primary sources of information are those that provide first-hand accounts of the events, practices, or conditions you are researching. In general, these are documents that were created by the witnesses or first recorders of these events at about the time they occurred, and include diaries, letters, reports, photographs, creative works, financial records, memos, and newspaper articles, to name just a few types.”

Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College Library, housing primary sources on Martin Luther King’s visit to Bowdoin College in 1964.

Listen to this recording of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at First Parish Church in Brunswick during his visit to Bowdoin College in 1964.

The Bowdoin College Political Forum which sponsored the talk by Martin Luther King Jr.

Click on this first page to read entire introduction by Bowdoin College President Coles

Click here for a transcript of this article on Bayard Ruskin and Dr. Martin Luther King at Bowdoin College

Civil Rights Timeline

March 1965 – March from Selma to Montgomery


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