Civil Rights Movement

The African American Civil Rights Movement generally refers to the movements in the United States (between roughly 1955 and 1968) aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring suffrage in Southern states. In the late 1960s, the emergence of the Black Power Movement, which lasted roughly from 1966 to 1975, enlarged the aims of the Civil Rights Movement to include racial dignity, economic and political self-sufficiency, and freedom from oppression by white Americans.