Pivotal Moments in Civil Rights History

"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity." - Anna Julia Cooper

For almost 400 years, pivotal moments forever shaped what we know, think, feel, and remember about civil rights in America. Across the country, national parks tell pieces of this story, weaving together a national mosaic of memory. It is a tapestry that will never be complete.

Last updated: February 21, 2018

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