The African-American Civil Rights Movement

1295 WordsFeb 26, 20185 Pages
The African-American Civil Rights Movement is arguably the largest and most successful push towards toward change in American history. The movement was influenced by some of the biggest figures in American history as well, led by Martin Luther King Jr. and influenced by others such as president Kennedy and Johnson. Amongst the numerous protests and powerful speeches during the Civil Rights Movement perhaps the most prominent is the series of three marches in 1965 known today as the “Selma to Montgomery” marches. The Selma to Montgomery marches were a series of three marches from Selma to Alabama’s capitol in Alabama There were multiple goals and objectives of these marches but the most obvious was to make the largest impact possible with a nonviolent approach. These marches marked the pinnacle of the movement gaining national attention and even the attention of president at that time Lyndon Johnson. Although there were numerous other marches, speeches, and protests throughout the time period of the African American Civil Rights movement, the marches from Selma to Montgomery are the most significant. The Selma to Montgomery marches were the most significant but were not one of the first movements but rather one of the last as a culmination of everything that occurred leading up to it. African American progression towards equal rights can be traced back to the 17th century but events leading up to the marches from Selma to Montgomery began in the late 1940s. A powerful and
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