The civil rights movement was a struggle for equality and social justice, led primarily by African Americans, and carried out by a growing number of advocates especially through the 1950s and 1960s. Integration, voting rights, and equal opportunities were the primary focuses of the struggle.
The movement was primarily rooted in peaceful and nonviolent protests, spanning two decades, during which institutional discrimination against African Americans was gradually reduced.
~ Read more in Gale in Context US History Civil Rights Movement
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