Welcome to the Archive

During this extraordinary period in American History, the Civil Rights Movement, white conservatives, civil rights activists, black militants, black moderates and Klansmen all staked their particular claims for racial justice and social order on the premise that God was on their side. This digital resource in lived theology provides access to personal interviews with participants in and against the civil rights movement in addition to a wealth of bibliographic entries of documentary evidence from the time period that can be accessed in the Project on Lived Theology’s paper archive. This cohesive body of information demonstrates the struggles of peacemaking, community building, and lived theology during a pivotal moment in history.

To browse excerpts of interview data click on the tab "In Their Own Words" after choosing an entry from within one of the following categories:

In search of downloadable primary documents?
  • For all available downloadable documents, click on Documents and sort the document list by clicking on "File" twice
  • For all available full-length interviews, click on Interviews
  • For our Ed King collection, click on Documents and type "Ed King" into the "Creator" search box and hit "apply"
  • For our Freedom Now collection, click on Documents and type "Freedom Now" into the "Keyword" search box and hit "apply"
To search through over 1,000 documents, available for viewing in our paper archive located within the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia click on the following finding guides:
Click below for a more detailed site instructions, click on General Overview

This Month in Civil Rights

MarchOn March 7, 1965, Hosea Williams  of the SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC led a march of 600 people to walk 54 miles from Selma to the Alabama capital in Montgomery. Only six blocks into the march, state troopers and local law enforcement at the Edmund Pettus Bridge attacked the marchers, driving them back into Selma. The national broadcast of "Bloody Sunday"--the news footage of lawmen attacking peaceful demonstrators seeking the right to vote--provoked a national response and the marchers were able to obtain a court order permitting them to make the march without incident two weeks later.