Civil Rights Movement Vocabulary

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Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement

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Over the last hundred years, thousands of Americans have fought for justice, equality, and change for all citizens. Although it has only been sixty years since the major events of the Civil Rights Movement, many students are unaware of the seismic shifts that occurred during that era. Through the use of non-violent strategies such as protests, marches, boycotts, and sit-ins, Americans were able to begin a movement that still strongly reverberates in our world today.




Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights Movement vocabulary activity

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  • Sit-In
  • Racism
  • A sit-in or sit-down is a form of direct action that involves one or more people occupying an area for a protest, often to promote political, social, or economic change.
  • Racism is the belief that people possess different behavioral traits that correspond to physical appearance and that they can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another. It results in the unequal distribution of power and systemic oppression. This impacts issues like social mobility and employment opportunities, among others/
  • Integrate
  • Civil Rights Era Vocabulary
  • Non-Violent Resistance
  • Integrate means to end the segregation of a society or organization and bring into equal membership. Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, numerous attempts to integrate African Americans into the public schools systems were met with hostility and violence.
  • Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals, such as social change. through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, or other methods, while being nonviolent
  • Freedom and Equality For All Now!
  • We Demand Integrated Schools NOW!
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