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.
Civil Rights in America
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.
Last updated: June 30, 2020