What are Civil Rights?
The rights of a country's citizens are called civil rights. Many Black Americans were denied full civil rights for about 100 years after the end of slavery. The struggle for those rights, especially in the 1950s and 1960s, is known as the civil rights movement.
Civil Rights laws in the United States are focused to give African Americans the same citizenship rights of all Americans. It is a process waged on many fronts. Civil rights protect every one of us, not just some of us. They work to assist all citizens in their quests to enjoy "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that is promised in the Declaration of Independence. They work when each citizen is protected from discrimination under the law.
In the 1960s Civil Rights laws achieved impressive judicial and legislative victories against discrimination in public accommodations and voting. At its height in the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement drew children, teenagers, and young adults into mainstreams of marches, violence, and in some cases, imprisonment. As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. during Black History Month, take this opportunity to provide for your children different ways to explore the history of the civil rights movement and educate them on the impact that Martin Luther King, Jr. had on the Civil Rights Movement.
Learn more interesting facts about the Civil Rights Movement on these websites:
National Parks Service Website:
National Civil Rights Museum