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Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement (1955-1968) in the United States was a social, legal and political struggle by African-Americans against racial discrimination and to gain full citizenship rights. The civil rights movement started with a challenge to the system of segregation, setup after abolition of slavery. The movement was characterized by protest marches, boycotts, refusal to abide by segregation laws. It ended with the passage of series of notable legislations such as Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
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History of the Civil Rights Movement
Grade: 8 - 12
A lesson on Civil Rights Movement. Beginning with the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865, African Americans toiled to reach equal status in the eyes of the law.

The Civil Rights Movement
Grade: 8 - 12
Civil rights movement for kids - an overview.

Brown vs. Board of Education
Grade: 8 - 12
A video excerpt on Brown vs. Board of Education, a landmark US Supreme Court case in which it declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.

Montgomery Bus Boycott
Grade: 8 - 12
The video celebrates the achievement of Rosa Parks' bold action. Rosa Parks was arrested for not moving from her seat on a public bus for a white man. A year later, after a bus boycott led by the SCLC and Dr. MLK, the laws were changed and blacks received equal rights while riding on public transportation. It was a great feat for African Americans, and it all started with Rosa Parks.

Little Rock Nine
Grade: 8 - 12
A short presentation on Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

The Greensboro Sit-Ins
Grade: 8 - 12
A video clip on the Woolworth Lunch Counter - one of the focal points of the Civil Rights movement.

The Freedom Rides
Grade: 8 - 12
A video on Freedom Rides of 1961. Civil rights activists rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961. It challenged the non-enforcement of Supreme Court decisions which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional.

James Meredith and Ole Miss
Grade: 8 - 12
Learn about one of the flashpoints in the American civil rights movement. In 1962, James Meredith became the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi.

Birmingham Campaign
Grade: 8 - 12
A documentary on Birmingham's Commissioner of Public Safety, whose use of police dogs and fire hoses on civil rights demonstrators dramatically backfired, and called national attention to the Civil Rights Movement.

The March on Washington
Grade: 8 - 12
Over a quarter of a million people participated in the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, and heard Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his 'I Have a Dream' speech. It was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history, and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr : I Have a Dream
Grade: 8 - 12
Story of the civil rights march where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous 'I have a dream' speech, and his fight for desegregation and against racism.

Freedom Summer
Grade: 8 - 12
A video on Freedom Summer campaign of 1964. It was launched in June of that year to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most blacks from voting.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Grade: 8 - 12
A video about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of US civil rights legislation that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.

Selma - Montgomery March
Grade: 8 - 12
A video on the Selma to Montgomery marches and protests held in 1965 that marked the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement.

Voting rights Act of 1965
Grade: 8 - 12
A video on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of US national legislation that prohibits discrimination in voting.

Lesson 1 - The Civil Rights Movement Begins
Grade: 8 - 12
A lesson on the US history that explores the beginning of the civil rights movement.

Lesson 2 - Women's Rights
Grade: 8 - 12
A lesson on the US history that explores the women's rights issue in the context of civil rights movement.

Lesson 3 - Civil Rights Movement
Grade: 8 - 12
A lesson on the US history that explores the final outcome of the civil rights movement.

American History: Civil Rights in Film: Part1
Grade: 8 - 12
A lecture on American Civil Rights movement.

American History: Civil Rights in Film: Part2
Grade: 8 - 12

American History: Civil Rights in Film: Part3
Grade: 8 - 12

American History: Civil Rights in Film: Part4
Grade: 8 - 12

Civil Rights Video
Grade: 8 - 12
A montage of pictures from American civil rights movement.

The Civil Rights Movement in Photos
Grade: 8 - 12
A slideshow of pictures from American civil rights movement.

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