Abernathy Ralph David. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiogra®D phy. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Autobiography of the civil rights years written by one of its most prominent activists and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest ally.
Anderson Alan B., and George W. Pickering. Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986. Examination of the civil rights movement in Chicago, before, during, and after King's efforts there.
Anderson Jervis. Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen. A Biography. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. Biography of key civil rights activist and strategist who served as one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s advisors.
Bartley Numan V. The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South during the 1950s. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1969. Classic study of southern reaction to the civil rights movement.
Bennett Lerone Jr. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. 5th ed. New York: Penguin, 1982. Overview of African American history from a black historian's perspective.
Blaustein Albert, and Robert Zangrando, eds. Civil Rights and The American Negro: A Documentary History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968. Documentary overview of civil rights law and struggle for equal rights.
Bloom Jack M. Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Theoretical exploration of the class dimensions of the civil rights movement.