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Social Justice: Websites & Examples of Social Justice sources

A guide to help you research and locate Social Justice materials at Fisk and beyond.

Left of Black interview with Dr. Candis Watts Smith

Example of Secondary Resource- Story of Trayvon Martin


In CBS morning show, Travyon Martin's father tells the story of his son's murder. A mini-series, "Rest in Power: Trayvon Martin Story" produced by Paramount Network tells the story of family members of Trayvon Martin left looking for answers when police refuse to arrest Zimmerman due to Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Dated 7/30/2018

Examples of Primary Sources in Social Justice

Eyewitnesses and first-person accounts of an experience is an example of primary source for social justice. The following news article from the Southern Courier is a first-person account from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Rosa Parks about the 10th Anniversary of the Bus Boycott. Article entitled "Montgomery Sparked a Revolution -- King" and "Rosa Parks Remembers Dec 1, 1955." 



Source Types for Social Justice


Examples of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary sources

Tertiary sources organize information with the objective of making the information more accessible. This publication cycle attempts to be factual. Reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and chronologies fall into this category. Indexes and abstracts are tertiary sources designed to help locate material on a specific subject or by a certain person.

Development of Hate Crime Stats

Development of Federal Hate Crimes Statistics – A Timeline:

  • April 23, 1990: In response to a growing concern about hate crimes, Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act which required data collection “about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.”
  • From 1994 to 2009, several amendments were made to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990:
    • 1994: Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act added bias crime based on disability.
    • 1996: Church Arson Prevention Act made hate crime statistics a permanent addition to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
    • 2009: Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act added gender and gender identity biases, as well as hate crime committed by or directed against juveniles.
  • In 2013: The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) approved the Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board’s recommendation to expand the religion category by adding seven new religions and an anti-Arab bias motivation to the Hate Crime Statistics.

Where Do We Go From Here- Oprah OWN Spotlght

Tertiary source example in Social Justice

Social Justice Websites