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Assess the extent to which equality was achieved for Blacks in the 1960's

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Sarah Whiteway Assess the extent to which equality was achieved for Blacks in the 1960's The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and the 1960's was one of inspired leaders such as Martin Luther King Jnr, but it was also a movement of public outcry and public involvement in which individuals put themselves in harm's way for their beliefs. It was a time of enormous change and struggle for social, economic and political freedom and equality for the black population, and this was achieved to a large extent during the 1960's by the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jnr emerged to successfully unite divisions within the black civil rights movement and mount a unified, non-violent stand against unjust laws. ...read more.


This 'invasion' by thousands of college students and supported by Blacks all around the South, aimed to allow Blacks the right to vote. This heavily influenced the decision by Congress in 1965 to pass the Voting Rights Act which gave the federal government power to take over the registration of voters in states where officials ignored Amendment XV and tried to bar Blacks from voting. Earlier protests such as the Lunch Counter Sit-ins in which hundreds of Blacks in seven states protested against discrimination of service in restaurants, influenced the Civil Rights Act to be passed, which outlawed racial discrimination in employment, restaurants, hotels and more. ...read more.


Even in his death, King influenced the fight for justice to continue and prevail, such as in 1970 when the Civil Right Act was amended and extended for five years. Like the rise of segregation, the civil rights movement entailed a long process. There were many setbacks and the rewards, immediate at least, were few. Many have remarked that the achievement of the civil rights movement were mostly in law, and that it took custom and public attitude a long time to catch up with the idea that Black Americans should be equal citizens in the United States of America. Some would argue that custom has yet to catch up, yet undoubtedly equality for Blacks was achieved to a great extent during the 1960s largely due to the success of the Civil Rights Movement. ...read more.

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