Achieving Civil Rights, 1960–1965

Following Martin Luther King’s model of nonviolent protest, civil rights activists held sit-ins, boycotts, marches, and demonstrations throughout the 1960s. The process of breaking down Jim Crow was not easy. But by 1965, federal civil rights legislation guaranteed equal access to public accommodations and the polls. In this chapter we’ll read stories of protest and change from North Carolina and across the South.

This is a 1963 photograph of African American protestors gathered outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh. This image is copyrighted and belongs to the Raleigh News and Observer.

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