The Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Movement emerged after nearly a century of little progress for African Americans following the end of slavery. Explore the movement's champions and controversies from the 1950s to today.
President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling
President Barack Obama
The President responds to the "not guilty" verdict of the Trayvon Martin murder case.
We Shall Overcome Speech
President Lyndon B. Johnson
This rousing speech, delivered just after "Bloody Sunday," led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'
Morning Edition looks back on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Cultural and political context is given for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most thorough and effective pieces of civil rights legislation in American history.
A Defiant Muhammad Ali Was Cherished By Black Men
Karen Grigsby Bates
Muhammad Ali, a famous American boxer and social activist who passed away in 2016, is remembered for his bold courage.
The Sit-In Movement
Civil rights activists introduced this peaceful form of protesting in the South in the early 1960s
RFK’s Speech Following the Death of MLK
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
In this speech, Senator Robert F. Kennedy encourages the nation to unite and heal following Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
This informational text explores how Rosa Parks’ decision not to give up her seat on a bus helped start a revolution.
The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This informational text explains how the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama highlighted the racial tension that existed in America during the early 1960s.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.
Empowering the Black Power Movement
This informational text discusses how the Black Power movement emerged as a major political force for African American empowerment in the 1960s and 1970s.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This informational text discusses the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lasting contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Emmett Till was murdered as a young boy, and this event helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.
During World War II, a group of African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen were critical to the success of the U.S. Army, and their accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military: an early victory in the fight for civil rights.
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
This informational text discusses the first African-American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society
This informational text discusses the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and his “Great Society” program, meant to improve the lives of people in need.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
National Park Service
This informational text discusses the events that led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.