From 1830 until well after the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks came together in state and national political "Colored Conventions." Before the war, they strategized about how to achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting nationally and locally. And after the war, they continued to convene to discuss local, national and international possibilities, problems and challenges. This collection features the proceedings of these conventions, as well as information about attendance and occupations.
Contains unique primary source records documenting the civil rights movement including records of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) (1955-1974); photographs, surveillance tapes, oral histories, and video recordings of key civil rights leaders and events. Jack Michael Rabin, (1945-2006), assistant professor at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, during the 1970s,and author of more than 30 books, founded the Center for the Study of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in 1974 to collect primary source, civil rights materials.