Esther Cooper Jackson

This online exhibit presents select items from the collection of books on African American culture donated to the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library (Medgar Evers College / CUNY) by Mrs. Esther Cooper Jackson, a longtime social activist who has been a crusading editor, a pioneering civil rights leader, and an important resource for scholars, journalists, and filmmakers.

The exhibit is arranged as a series of blog posts. Every post introduces a book or several books from the collection. Each entry contains links to the library online catalog records. These records describe the items and provide “call numbers” that tell you where the book can be found on the library shelves. Additional resources offer information about related people and events and create historical context.

About Esther Cooper Jackson

Esther Cooper Jackson (Biographical sketch)


Esther Cooper Jackson



Esther Cooper and James Jackson, 1942 (from the personal collection of Esther Cooper Jackson)

Esther Cooper Jackson by Andrew Mitchell Davenport (Full Stop)

Fighting for Justice. New York Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Video)

Guide to the James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson Papers (The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University)

James E. Jackson Writings (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, NYPL)

About Freedomways (The Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed)

Roots of the Fight for Rights: Esther Jackson and Freedomways magazine by Jean Carey Bond (Black Agenda Report)

Sara Rzeszutek  Haviland. James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement (library call number)


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