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Additional Resources

The following UTSA Libraries Research Guides provide additional resources on the broader aspects of:

Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.

Texas History

African American Studies / Black History

Latino / Latina Studies

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Historical Newspapers (including San Antonio newspapers)

San Antonio Government



This research guide was created with the collaboration of Associate Professor Scott Sherer and the students in his "Exhibiting Civil Rights" course, Summer 2013. The students' research was used in The Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas, an exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures, January 11 - May 4, 2014. 
Additional thanks to fellow research guide collaborators Juli McLoone, Amy Rushing, Tara Schmidt and Rita Wilson.


Studying Civil Rights in Texas

When one thinks of civil rights, one often thinks first of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. However, issues of civil rights in Texas predate this movement and encompass many different groups. This guide will focus primarily on civil rights issues associated with African Americans and Mexican Americans in Texas, from the 1800s to the present.

See also our other Research Guide: Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.


Bibliographies and Reference Works

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Exploring the Afro-Texas Experience: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources About Black Texans - Glasrud, Bruce and Laurie Champion
Call Number: E185.93 .T4 G55 2000
ISBN: 0964762978
JPL 4th Floor Special Collections, Folio Stacks

This bibliography includes material on African-American history, folkways, fiction, films, and politics in Texas.


A Sampling of Books

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The African American Experience in Texas - Smallwood, James M. and Bruce A. Glasrud
Call Number: E185.93.T4 A38 2007
JPL 3rd Floor Graduate Study Room

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African Americans and Race Relations in San Antonio, Texas, 1867-1937 - Mason, Kenneth
Call Number: F394 .S29 N46 1998
JPL 3rd Floor Graduate Study Room
Also available in Rare Books at JPL Special Collections

Status of Civil Rights in Texas - United States Commission on Civil Rights. Texas State Advisory Committee.
Call Number: JC599 .U52 T49 1980
JPL 4th Floor Special Collections, Folio Stacks


Still Fighting Today

Do we still need to fight for civil rights today?  Civil rights are inextricably linked to discrimination of any kind.  Do racism, gender discrimination, homophobia, and other types of discrimination persist?  As long as the answer is "yes," civil rights battles will need to be fought.

San Antonio received unwanted national attention during the 2013 NBA Finals when Sebastien De La Cruz, a Mexican American boy born and raised in San Antonio, was taunted with racist comments in social media after singing the national anthem before the San Antonio Spurs / Miami Heat games. You can find images of Sebastien, stories, and commentary on the event by doing a Google search.

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