Civil Rights Movement


variants or less commonly American Civil Rights Movement
: a movement (see movement sense 2b) for racial equality in the U.S. that came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s

Examples of Civil Rights Movement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, McCartney has given various answers as to what the song was written about, from being inspired by hearing the call of a blackbird while the Beatles were in India, to penning it in support of the Civil Rights Movement. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Newsom also granted a posthumous pardon to William Burwell, who helped organize protests as a student at San Fernando Valley State College, now Cal State Northridge, during the Civil Rights Movement. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was put into place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, to, among other things, combat local policies that intentionally diluted the power of non-white voters, Levitt said — policies like at-large elections for school boards or city councils. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024 Emmett’s death was a catalyst in the Civil Rights Movement. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 The works are both contemporary and historical, everything from reflections on the Civil Rights Movement to the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, from the Black athletes’ protest on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to the activism of DC Comics’ Justice League of America. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2024 The Civil Rights Movement, for instance, was based on the premise that moral persuasion could force law and politics to take steps beyond what many voters were ready for. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2024 Almost immediately Simpson got involved with the city’s burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and befriended Theodore Gibson, the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove and one of the Black community’s leading activists at the time. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 The markers highlight the people, places and events that cement the city's place in the Civil Rights Movement. Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Civil Rights Movement was in 1872

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“Civil Rights Movement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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