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Collection: Black History – Civil Rights Movements

The modern Black Lives Matter movement continues the legacy of the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement. In the 20th century, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others led Black civil rights activists and their allies to take nonviolent action in the fight for voting rights, an end to segregation, and living wages. They marched, participated in sit-ins and boycotts, and traveled to register Black voters. Despite violent opposition, their efforts led to legislative victories that promoted a more equal society. Twenty-first century police brutality and discontent with systemic racial inequality has fueled new generations to protest civil rights violations and work for change through the Black Lives Matter movement. Though viral videos, online organizational efforts, and non-traditional leadership make today’s civil rights movement different from that of the past, the Black Lives Matter movement’s worldwide visibility and record-breaking protest attendance suggest that its demands for racial equity may be just as revolutionary. This audio story collection features stories about the events, efforts, and people involved in both the historic and contemporary Black civil rights movements.

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