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CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT
The Modern Civil Rights Movement was a political movement for equality before the law occurring throughout much of the twentieth century through the 1970s. It was accompanied by civil unrest and popular rebellion. This movement did not fully achieve its goals. However, the efforts did lead to improvements in the legal rights of African Americans. The most common misconception was that it was won and ended in the 1960s. Persisting racial inequalities point to the fact that unequal treatment still exists. Some argue that the Civil Rights Movement is ongoing until greater equality is achieved.
The unit begins with an introductory activity using primary sources and includes the following lesson areas: 1) What Are Civil Rights?, 2) Judicial Strategies, 3) African American Self-Determination Strategies, 4) Mass Action Strategies, 5) Legislative Strategies, and 6) Cultural Renaissance. This page and its content are best viewed from a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. Content is not accessible via mobile phones.
Worksheet #12: The Speeches of Malcolm X at Harvard, The Leverett House Forum of March 18, 1964
Worksheet #13: Black Natchez