The History of the Civil Rights Movement

This era also saw the rise of Black Power, led in large part by Stokely Carmichael, in opposition to like the Ku Klux Klan. This ideology was exemplified by the Black Panther Party, which followed the principles set forth by Malcolm X. Rising to prominence in the 1950s, his radical advocated militancy for blacks. He remained an influential and controversial until his in 1965.

The of continued when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in April 1968, and Robert Kennedy two months later. Despite racial tensions continuing into the 1990s, progress has been measurable. The of President Barack Obama in 2008 is seen by many to be a culmination of centuries of work in favor of racial equality.

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