Racial Segregation In The 1950's

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The 1950s were a period often associated with conformity, when men and women discerned firm gender roles and followed society’s expectations. Racial segregation was still a present factor in society and the Civil Rights Movement began wholeheartedly. In 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the Supreme Court opened the opportunity of the rights for all Americans to have an equal education regardless of race or religion. Prominent figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. questioned those who were against equal rights for black Americans. During this time, African Americans fought for equality in employment, education and housing which acted as a catalyst for future change. In Patrice Gaines’s memoir, Laughing in the Dark,
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