The Civil Rights Movement : African Americans And Native Americans

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Imagine a world in which all men weren 't created equal. A world where skin color, ethnic origin, gender, and sexuality was what defined a person rather than character. “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood”(King). Through the decades of the 1940s-1960s, America built the foundation for civil rights, a movement in which minorities fought for equality. Groups that previously had been discriminated against began to defend themselves with greater strength and success. The civil rights movement inspired African Americans, Native Americans, women, queers, and Latinos to fight for equality. Although each social group faced their own unique challenges during the civil rights movement, each group shared a common connection through their struggles for equality.

Mutual support between African Americans and Native Americans grew with the Black Power movement of the 1970s. Both Native Americans and African Americans were driven by a need for respect, freedom, and justice. The Trail of Broken Treaties was a cross-country protest designed to bring national attention to Native American issues, such as treaty rights, living standards, and inadequate housing, it was the largest gathering ever of Native Americans presenting their hopes. The march started on the west coast of North America in October and ended in Washington D.C to meet with the Government
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