Civil Rights Movement and Memorial
The American Civil Rights Movement was a watershed moment in history’s long march toward racial harmony and social fairness. The Civil Rights Movement, which lasted from the mid-1950s to the late-1960s, was an effort to end racial discrimination and segregation in the United States.
Prominent leaders including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many more spearheaded a series of peaceful rallies, marches, and acts of civil disobedience that defined the movement. It led to the passage of seminal legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which respectively banned racial segregation in public accommodations and prohibited voter discrimination.
Those who lived through and contributed to this seminal period in American history are honored by the Civil Rights Movement Memorial in Washington, DC. The statue of Martin Luther King Jr. stands at 30 feet tall, and it is surrounded by a stone wall with inscriptions from various civil rights leaders and campaigners.
Reading a book on the Civil Rights Movement and its memorial is a great way to learn more about the struggle for equality and the people who were on the front lines. It will explores the challenging social and political environment in which activists worked and the tactics they used to bring about change.