During the 1950’s all the way through the 70’s people were fighting for equal rights. The Civil Rights Movement spread into and across the deep south in the 60’s, pushing to end legalized segregation and disenfranchisement, which was ultimately ended in 1965. While a big part of the Civil Rights Movement was fair treatment for African Americans, they were not the only group fighting for their rights. This movement also included women’s rights, LGBT equality, as well as other minorities.
There were many instances of Civil Rights protests in the 1960s. One of these was the Freedom Summer. This was an attack on white supremacy in Mississippi. Two white Jews and a black man volunteered to inspect a church that the Ku Klux Klan had burned to stop a school from being built by CORE – a civil rights group. The three disappeared and a manhunt was started. This was the start of the Freedom Summer. During this summer, the Civil Rights Act was passe, banning segregation in businesses open to the public. Some other big milestones were the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and “Freedom Schools” which taught African American children about their history and encouraged pride in their heritage.
The Women’s Liberation Movement was also in effect during this time period. Women during this time were attempting to break free from gender norms of the time and explore their womanhood. This meant exploring their sexuality, and using their “womanhood” to gain a leg up where they usually have a disadvantage. It also encouraged them to challenge the notion that they should build their lives around homemaking and creating a family. The movement gained a large following, but there were not really any legal changes made.
While the Civil Rights Movement included various groups, I think that one saw the most change. African Americans gained the most rights and made a lot of progress. This movement brought them the right to vote like everyone else, and also ended segregation in public businesses. While there was still a long way to go, this movement brought in many more supporters and paved the way for even more change to come.