The Impact of Jails and Prisons on the Civil Rights Movement Further Resources

The following is a list of resources provided by Dr. Seneca Vaught who presented a program entitled “The Impact of Jails and Prisons on the Civil Rights Movement” on February 7, 2010 at the Olean Public Library.

Dr.  Vaught is an Assistant Professor of History (African and African American ) at Niagara University in New York. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. His research interests include African and African American history and the intersection of culture and policy; he is actively involved in applying Africana Studies scholarship to strategies of community development and poverty issues.

CR10 Publications Collective.  Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2008.

Davis, Angela Y.  Are Prisons Obsolete? Open Media Book.  New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Boothe, Demico.  Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison? [United States]: Full Surface, 2007.

Garrow, David J.  Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: W. Morrow, 1986.

——-.  The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From “Solo” to Memphis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1981.

Hampton, Henry and Julian Bond.  Eyes on the Prize.  America’s Civil Rights Movement Vol. 2, Ain’t Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961).  No Easy Walk (1961-1963). [Alexandria, VA]: PBS Video, 2006.

——-.  Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.

King, Martin Luther, Jr.  Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper, 1958.

Mauer, Marc.  Race to Incarcerate. New York: New York Press, 1999.

Menkart, Deborah, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice View.  Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide for K-12 Classrooms. Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, 2004.

McGrew, Ken.  Education’s Prisoners: Schooling, the Political Economy, and the Prison Industrial Complex. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Oparah, Julia Chinyere.  Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. New York: Routledge, 2005.


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  1. This topic causes me to recall the story of Jackson, Miss. attorney Bill Higgs who was arrested in Coahoma County in mid 1962 for driving an
    integrated vehicle. While in his cell, Higgs ran into an “overlooked” black Freedom Rider from California
    who was languishing in the Clarksdale jail (a brutal county in the Mississippi Delta). Law student Dewey Peterson had been arrested during the summer of 1961 as he tried to integrate the city’s bus depot. He was held incommunicado in Clarksdale for
    nearly a year before Higgs found him, by chance. The attorney was able to get Peterson bailed out.

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