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any political organization seeking to gain CIVIL RIGHTS for a particular group in a society. The best-known civil rights movement came into existence in the US with the aim of enforcing those civil rights guaranteed to blacks by the constitution but traditionally denied to them. It was influential in the passing of the Civil Rights Act 1964, which contained strong antidiscrimination legislation. Since the mid-1960s the movement has concentrated its efforts on ensuring that the legislation has been enforced. Several other organizations have consciously modelled themselves on the American Civil Rights Movement. Most notably, the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association was founded in 1968 to force the issue of civil rights for Roman Catholics into the political arena. See also CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.
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Lucks examines the impact of the Vietnam War on the evolving civil rights movement and subsequently argues that "the Vietnam War had a corrosive impact on the civil rights movement and adversely affected African American citizens and soldiers" because "African Americans had to choose sides" (2).
As a part of children's education, the study of the Civil Rights Movement can help us achieve Chief Justice Warren's stated ideal.
This scholarly refutation of a political dichotomy between the civil rights movements of the 1950s vs.
By having weak or non-existent standards for history, particularly for the civil rights movement, they are saying loud and clear that it isn't something students need learn" (PR Newswire 9/28/11).
They met during the Montgomery Bus Boycott where Kuettner recognized King's charisma and gained an appreciation of the pressures that King encountered from blacks and whites as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
He brought his enthusiasm to continue the civil rights movement with him, even though he was only one of two black undergraduate students.
These lessons were pre-cursors to his involvement in the civil rights movement under the tutelage of Martin Luther King Jr.
This would be a valuable accompaniment to any study of the civil rights movement.
Revising the chronology and geography of the Civil Rights Movement has many implications.
Professor Moye convincly demonstrates how the civil rights movement was able to generate a successful challenge to the structures of slavery and sharecropper society in Sunflower County.
McKissic, who runs a group of anti-gay pastors called Not On My Watch, said he is offended that gay rights activists employ the language of the civil rights movement.
For African American laborers, faith in white unions alternated with distrust: Faith infused the Civil Rights Movement while Black Power was ingrained with distrust.