The 60s: The Start Of The Civil Rights Movement

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The 60s were an important time for change in America. During this era people learned to exercise their rights (free speech) with protests to make changes and get freedom for everyone. Segregation, corporate pollution, and the Vietnam war were the main topics of protest. Most of these are still taking place with things such as sexism, immigrants, gay rights and other wars, but the 60s helped to start the civil rights movement that is still being fought today.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were at the head of the civil rights movement. As one man, Martin was able to rally giant crowds to protest against segregation. On August 28th 1963 Martin made his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of 250,000 people in Washington (“A Decade to Remember”
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