Civil Rights in America

To live freely and participate in society is a right many take for granted. Achieving and maintaining those civil rights have been a struggle for different groups throughout U.S. history. Civil rights mean more than the protests of the 1950s and 1960s and reach beyond racial and ethnic groups. Today, the struggle has gone from an issue of racial equality to equality for all and new voices are engaging in the discussion, helping to define who we are as a people and a nation.


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We Shall Overcome Travel Itinerary

Learn more about the places of the Civil Rights Movement.

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African American Civil Rights Network

The network was created to provide a comprehensive narrative of people, places, and events of the African American Civil Rights Movement.

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The Birth of the Civil Rights Movement

From 1941 to 1954, post-war America begins to grapple with the social and legislative changes that reshape the national conversation.

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The Modern Civil Rights Movement

March into history with the transformation figures and events of 1954-1964.

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Find civil rights–related ranger talks, workshops, special celebrations, commemorations, and more.

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Read the latest civil rights–related news from across the National Park Service.

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Contact Us

Contact the NPS staff working on the African American Civil Rights Network.

Last updated: March 18, 2024


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