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Black Lives Matter: Related Topics

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political movement in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.

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The Civil Rights Movement

Nearly 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans in Southern states still inhabited a starkly unequal world of disenfranchisement, segregation and various forms of oppression, including race-inspired violence. “Jim Crow” laws at the local and state levels barred them from classrooms and bathrooms, from theaters and train cars, from juries and legislatures. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine that formed the basis for state-sanctioned discrimination, drawing national and international attention to African Americans’ plight. In the turbulent decade and a half that followed, civil rights activists used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to bring about change, and the federal government made legislative headway with initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Many leaders from within the African American community and beyond rose to prominence during the Civil Rights era, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Andrew Goodman and others. They risked—and sometimes lost—their lives in the name of freedom and equality. Information was taken from 

Gains of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • The Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954
  • The Rise of Black activism and organizations
  • Global awareness of the injustices faced by Black people in the United States
  • Upsurge in black political activity and being elected to office
  • Human rights overall

Important Incidents

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott and The Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Birmingham And the March on Washington
  • Freedom Summer
  • Selma to Montgomery March
  • Rise of Black Nationalism: Riots, Rebellion and The Black Panther Party
  • Post 1960’s Civil Rights Movement: Assassinations, Protests and Gains 
Systemic Racism

Let's get to the root of racial injustice

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Systemic Racism Explained


What is Systemic Racism: An 8 part series by Race Forward

"What Is Systemic Racism?" is an 8-part video series that shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society: Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, Infant Mortality… yes, systemic racism is really a thing. "

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus

A syllabus from JSTOR including articles spanning five years that provides context to help us understand that what we are witnessing is not an isolated, tragic incident perpetrated by a few bad individuals, but part of a broader pattern of institutionalized racism.


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Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away

From, Life Kit on NPR - June 9, 2020


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