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Celebrating Black Excellence: Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s addressed the racial segregation, discrimination, and acts of violence committed against blacks in the United States. Although not a singular movement and better described as a multiplicity of movements, it ultimately sought to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the rights of citizenship for African Americans as guaranteed by the Constitution. Characterized by non-violence, civil resistance, and civil disobedience, the movement was met with hope and celebration, hate and derision, militancy and protest.

Eyes on the Prize," Origins of the Movement

PBS film, "Freedom Riders"

The Movement in Photos

International Civil Rights Center and Museum