Reading Room

Overlooking Dealey Plaza, the Reading Room is a place for researchers to access the Museum’s vast collection of films, photographs, artifacts, and oral history recordings.

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Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times edited by Alwyn Barr and Robert A. Calvert

Biographical portraits of eight African American leaders from Texas who led the movement toward social advancement.

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Great African Americans in Government by Karen Dudley

Thirteen biographies of African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of government, politics and diplomacy.

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Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama by Duchess Harris

An examination of African American women’s involvement in American political life, focusing on what they did to gain political power between 1961 and the present, and why, in some cases, they did not succeed.

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Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s by Christopher M. Tinson

Tinson traces black intellectual history beyond black power and black nationalism into an internationalism that would shape radical thought for decades to come.

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Jet Magazine December 12, 1963: The Legacy JFK Leaves to Negroes

Full of poignant articles about the African American community mourning President Kennedy’s passing and adjusting to the new U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson.

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The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality by Nick Bryant

A critical look at Kennedy’s handling of the race issue in his early congressional campaigns and how it blinded him to the racial crisis in America, leading to his erratic handling of this explosive issue.