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Alternative Spring Break Resources: Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Introduction

The Civil Rights Movement is a political, cultural, and religious movement that fights for the ending of racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. Civil Rights leaders and organizations strove for change with major campaigns of civil resistance. The Movement saw the passing of Civil Rights laws and historic court rulings. The Movement historically describes the timeframe from 1954, with Brown vs. Board of Education, and 1968, with the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act, but the fight for Civil Rights started long before 1954 and continues today. 

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