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THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (2012 - 2013 Book of the Year)

Keep checking; events will be posted as scheduled. Plans are to frequently update this page with additional resources, college wide programs, lectures and activities. Visit us again!!

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:00 to 1:30 pm in Phillips Hall, Santa Ana College, Oh, Yes She Did!, Sandy Brown's NAACP Award Winning One-Woman Show. Spanning over two centuries, this performance highlights the struggles and triumphs of five steadfast and courageous African American women pioneers who left an indelible mark in American history. (Free performanceextra credit slips will be available.) 

  • Monday, April 8, - Friday, May 24, 2013, Integrating Ole Mississippi, A Photographic Exhibit. The fifteen images displayed document the extreme measures that were taken to integrate the University of Mississippi during the early 1960’s. (Located in the Nealley Library, along the wall across from the Reference Collection).

  • Friday, March 15, 2013, The Help, (feature film w/discussion sponsored by Psychological Services), noon to 3:00pm at The Spot, U-102, Student Lounge.  (extra credit slips will be available).

  • Thursday, February 28, 2013, Celebrate Black History, (a cultural exhibit), presented by Associated Student Government of Santa Ana College, 11:00am to 1:00pm at The Spot, U-102, Student Lounge. (extra credit slips will be available).

  • Monday, February 25, - Friday, May 24, 2013, The Help: A Display. Civil rights display of books and ephemera related to historical, and literary references discussed in The Help. (Located in locked display case, in rear of the Nealley Library).

  • Monday, January 28 – Friday, May 24, 2013Civil Rights Display. Display featuring library-owned books and video resources available for check-out. (Located inside the main reading area of the Nealley Library).


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  • March 1, 2013 – March 17, 2013, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, “the power and lyricism of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A RAISIN IN THE SUN) comes to life in this transformative story of grace, humanity and strength of spirit, featuring selections from Ms. Hansberry's plays, diaries, lectures and letters.” Shows:  Fri, Sat, Sun 8 pm, one Saturday matinee: March 16 at 2:30 pm. Where:  David Schall Theatre, Actors Co-op Theatre Company, 1760 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Admission:  Adults:  $30, Seniors (60 & over) $25, Students w/ ID: $20.00. Reservations: (323) 462-8460,
  • March 1, 2013 – April 28, 2013, Oh, Yes She Did!: Sandy Brown’s NAACP Award Winning Solo Show, “a one-woman salute to black American female pioneers from all walks of life whose triumphs over challenges changed the course of American history forever”. Shows: Sat. 2:00 and 7:30pm; Sun. 2:00 and 6:30pm. Where: Theatre/Theater, at Orange Avenue, (5041 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019). Admission: $30.00, group; $15.00 discounted price for (6 or more), or students w/ID cards. or
  • March 8, 2013 – April 18, 2013, Hattie….What I Need You To Know (Musical), “a celebration of Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win the Academy Award® in 1940. This musical captures the essence of Hattie McDaniel’s humble beginnings in Denver and her rise to stardom in Hollywood with heart and soul”.     Shows: Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm; Sun. 3:00pm. Where: Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038. Admission: $25.00. Reservations: (323) 960-5774,
  • April 17 – April 20, 2013, Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater, Robert Battle, Artistic Director. “The Ailey Company will perform three different programs of mixed repertory with classic Ailey works, and contemporary masterworks of our time. Each program will culminate with Alvin Ailey's own timeless masterpiece, Revelations”.  Shows:  Wed. 7:30pm; Fri-Sat. 2:00pm and 7:30pm; Sun. 2:00pm. Where:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-7211. Admission:   $79.00 to $222.00

AVAILABILITY OF COPIES: ​The Nealley Library has 22 copies of the book and 2 copies of the DVD available for 7-day loan.  Stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk to borrow a copy!

Check LibraryLinks.aspx for additional copies owned by local public libraries.




  • African American World Timeline: Civil Rights Era: (1954-1971)​ Explore NPR and PBS programs related to Civil Rights Era (1954-1971) historical events.
  • Civil Rights in Mississippi Timeline This timeline from the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive helps us visualize what related to African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement was occurring in the United States, and specifically in Mississippi. (Mississippi events are italicized).
  • The Civil Rights Movement in America 1945-1975 “This interactive timeline provides a chronological view of the Civil Rights Movement and its immediate aftermath, and shows other significant events of the era. Entries include brief descriptions, map locations, and links to relevant Teachers' Domain civil rights collection resources.”
  • Jim Crow Timeline: How it all went down
  • Timeline of the Jim Crow Era An interactive timeline of the Jim Crow Era. Click on topical tabs to read detailed descriptions of key events to learn about the day-to-day lives of African-Americans in the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Jim Crow Laws By State An interactive map of Jim Crow laws. Click on a state to view the many laws, codes, and constitutional amendments passed in that region. 


  • Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) “One of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web…. It promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement through three principal components: 1.) a digital video archive of historical news film to key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2.) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale, and 3.) secondary Web-based resources – such as contextual stories, encyclopedia articles, lesson plans, and activities – to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process.” (CRDL)
  • Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South “A selection of 100 recorded oral history interviews” from the Digital Collections of Duke University Libraries. Searchable by interviewee, interview state, birth state, gender and occupation this site “chronicles African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890’s to the 1950’s”. Transcripts are available.
  • CongressLink: Civil Rights Documentation Project “Web site documenting the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as well as congressional debate leading up to the legislation. The site focuses on the years 1963 to 1965 and covers both the social climate as well as the legislative process. Digital materials including photographs, legislative documents, sound recordings, and text are presented in a timeline form. (CRDL)
  • Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive “The civil rights materials collected here document a local history with truly national significance. Archive includes a selection of digitized photographs, letters, diaries, and other documents. Oral history transcripts are also available, as well as finding aids for manuscript collections.”
  • Eyes on the Prize, the Complete Series Access transcripts of the complete interviews conducted for the Eyes on the Prize DVD series. Still considered the definitive documentary on the Civil Rights Movement, it is relevant to themes of The Help, especially Mississippi: Is this America?, 1962-1964. The Nealley Library owns this DVD series, call number: Main Stacks E185.615 .E943 2006. 
  • Fatal Flood This is the story of the 1927 Mississippi Delta flood and its effect on the area's African-American population.
  • Freedom Riders Oral Histories “In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders, a group of mostly young people, both black and white, risked their lives to challenge the system of segregation in interstate travel in the South. The purpose of the rides was 'to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional" (CORE, 2006). In 2001, participants gathered in Jackson, MS to commemorate the fortieth-anniversary of the freedom rides." Listen to and watch digitized interviews of forty-two of these brave men and women who participated in the freedom rides of 1961.  
  • Integrating Ole Mississippi: A Civil Rights Milestone “Presents materials from the court-ordered and federally-backed integration at the University of Mississippi by African American student James Meredith. A timeline ordering events from Meredith's application in 1961 through his graduation in 1963 and links to digital images of relevant documents. Site also provides background on public opinion, James Meredith, and the political and social climate in Mississippi at the time.” (CRDL)
  • Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court – Three Supreme Court cases that are relevant to themes of The Help.
  • Reporting Civil Rights Presents information relating to journalists who reported on the civil rights movement in the American South. Includes a timeline (1941-1973), information on the reporters, and civil rights resources. 
  • Rise and Fall of Jim Crow “Web site companion to the PBS film The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow." Information about significant events in the history of Jim Crowism in the United States is presented via an interactive timeline with video clips, photographs and historic documents. Background information on the national fight against Jim Crow is divided into sections on the president, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, and interactive maps provide information on where Jim Crow laws were enforced, the location of African American colleges and universities, the patterns of population and migration, and the sites of lynchings and riots. 
  • Sit-ins & the Movement Documents the sit-ins which began on February 1, 1960. Explores day-to-day events and milestones of the 1960s as the movement spread throughout the south, across the nation, and the world. A timeline of the movement, photographs, and information on the sit-in, and the participants is available.” (CRDL)
  • Teachers’ Domain Civil Rights Special Collection “Using archival news footage, primary sources, and interview segments filmed for Eyes on the Prize, this collection captures the voices, images, and events of the Civil Rights movement, and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America.” (CRDL)


  • African American World "Explore NPR and PBS programs related to Civil Rights Era (1954-1971) historical events.

AMERICAN RADIO WORKS - Civil Rights Related

    • State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement (Broadcast January 2011) “Mississippi led the South in an extraordinary battle to maintain racial segregation. Whites set up powerful citizens groups and state agencies to fight the civil rights movement. Their tactics were fierce and, for a time, very effective.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.   
    • Oh Freedom Over Me (Broadcast February 2001) “In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi for a peaceful assault on racism. It came to be known as Freedom Summer, one of the most remarkable chapters in the Civil Rights Movement.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.
    • Remembering Jim Crow (Broadcast November 2001) “For most of the 20th century, African Americans endured a legal system in the American South that segregated and humiliated them. Southern blacks and whites narrate their personal Jim Crow laws recollections and experiences.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript. 
    • An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era (broadcast September 2007) “In the 1970s, for the first time, large numbers of white children and black children began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.
    • King's Last March (Broadcast March 2008) “Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.
    • Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory (Broadcast February 2005) “For generations, African Americans have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy. These orators, and the very act of speaking out, played a crucial role in the long struggle for equal rights. Hear some of those seminal speeches at Say It Plain.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.
    • Thurgood Marshall Before the Court (Broadcast May 2004) “In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history, as the leader of an extraordinary legal campaign against racial segregation in America.” Listen online, download program, or read the transcript.



Check the Nealley Library catalog for print and online resources related to themes of the novel. “Connect from Home” from the comfort of your homes and access ebooks and full-text periodical articles. Students and staff of our college have 24/7 access to our library periodical databases. Please call (714) 564-6708, or stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk for assistance.

Please send your questions or feedback to, or call (714) 564-6717. If you incorporate this novel or themes of this novel into your coursework, please complete and return the Assessment of Course or Program Activity Form before the end of each semester.