Important people

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)

W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the early activists for African-American rights, before the start of the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He was an African American who was educated at Harvard as a historian and…

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Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who became widely known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott . In 1955, Parks refus…

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Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent leader of the civil rights movement, becoming one of its main spokespeople. A Baptist minister, King always advocated for fighting for civil rights through non-violent means such as marches,  sit-ins, or civil disobedience. He became a leader of the movement after he lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

He helped to organize some of the most important campaigns and marches of the civil rights movement including the March on …

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Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Malcolm X was a prominent figure in the time of the civil rights movement. He was initially an important public speaker as a member of the black nationalist organization the Nation of Islam in the early 1950s, after converting to Islam in prison.

At first, Malcolm X advocated for black supremacy …

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Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th  US President, holding office between 1953 and 1961. He was one of the least supportive presidents towards the civil rights movement, much of which unfolded during his tw…

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John F. Kennedy (1917- 1963)

John F. Kennedy served as the 35th  US President, between 1961 and 1963. During his electoral campaign, Kennedy promised to work to end racial discrimination and even helped in getting Martin Luther King Jr. released from prison in 1960.

Kennedy decided to postpone civil rights legislat…

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Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

Lyndon B. Johnson served as the 36th  US President between 1963 and 1969 and is considered one of the most supportive presidents regarding the civil rights movement.

Johnson took office after Kennedy’s as…

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