Process Essay: The African-American Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights Essay The African-American Civil Rights Movement was a movement to end segregation and racial inequality for African Americans and to allow them the right to vote. It took place in the 1950’s and 60’s, but movements for racial equality are still going on today. Especially after World War II, African Americans that served in the war believed that if they were risking their life for their country, then they should be able to enjoy the same freedoms as any other man. During this time period, African-Americans took great measures and sacrifices to insure that they were treated equally within American society. The African-American Civil Rights Movement became the greatest movement in history to provide racial equality, and ensure African Americans justice in the prejudice society in which they live. Beginning with the decision from Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954, the African-American Civil Rights Movement began to take shape. This decision reversed the decision of…show more content…
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned discrimination based on race or color when a person is seeking employment or in public places. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 reestablished and sheltered voting rights. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination in the housing industry. African Americans still saw discrimination, but they were now at least protected by the law. The movement lost momentum after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. He was the main leader of the movement and led many of the key organizations. The violence of the Black Panthers also led to the end of the movement. This group went against everything King believed. Many Americans also found themselves preoccupied with the Vietnam War and focused less on the movement. The Civil Rights Movement made history and brought African Americans one major step closer to equality within American
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