Library GraffitiThis Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Drew focuses on the Freedom Summer and the Freedom Schools. Learn more about King, about the Freedom Summer, and the Freedom Schools:

Background Information and Print Encyclopedias

Looking for background information? Check out our collection of Reference Books, which provide background information on your topic. They also point you toward other seminal books on your subject. Books of interest include: The Sixties in America / editor, Carl Singleton (Ref E841 .S55 1999), Encyclopedia of African-American civil rights : from emancipation to the present / edited by Charles D. Lowery and John F. Marszalek (Ref E185.61 .E54 1992), and Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (REF E185 .E54 2006)

Online Encyclopedias at Drew

Drew has a variety of online reference resources, notably Gale Virtual Reference, which is an online collection of encyclopedias. The “Freedom Summer” entry in Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (2006) is an example of the excellent materials Gale Virtual Reference offers:

E-Books at Drew

Drew has roughly 250,000 e-books, so you’re sure to find something about any topic. Two E-books you may find use are: Risking Everything: a Freedom Summer Reader (2014) by Michael Edmonds ( ) and Legacy of a Freedom School (2005) by S. Adickes (

Black Studies Center

The leading database in its field, BSC includes essays, academic journal articles, video clips, newspaper articles, interviews, and photographs. Try searches for “Freedom Summer” or “Freedom Schools” (with quotation marks) and see the variety of materials available!

New York Times Historical

Interested in media coverage of historic events? NYT Historical offers full-text news coverage, 1851-2007. Search for “Freedom Schools” or “Freedom Summer” (with quotation marks) and read what contemporaries had to say. To limit results, narrow the publication dates from 1963-1965)

America: History & Life

Our most powerful database for finding US (and Canadian) history articles. Search “Freedom Schools” or “Freedom Summer” (with quotation marks) to find peer-reviewed journal articles on the subject.

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