Before the movement people treated African Americans like an object and didn't give them any rights.
Angelina and Sarah Grimke
People started relising that the way they were treating African Americans were wrong and that they should do something about it.
Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who told his story about his life being a slave. This moved some people to help end slavery. He also had his own newspaper called the "North Star".
Angelina and Sarah Grimke spoke against slavery even though there family were slave holders. They spoke out about the poverty and pain of being a slave.
From the 1800's to the 1900's African Americans gained more rights but were not as equal as white males. They were being discriminated and didn't go to the same schools as white people. People like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks pushed for equal rights like Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass.
Now African Americans have gained even more rights than before. People now are still protesting for equal rights because of police discrimination. But overall African Americans went from slaves to free people with the right to vote and hold government positions.