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CIVIL RIGHTS The rights of all individuals to participate equally in their communities. DESEGREGATION Integrating black people and white people into the same facility, school, or place of business. After desegregation laws were passed, there could no longer be “whites only” facilities. Desegregation ended the forced separation of blacks and whites. JIM CROW LAWS Laws that enforced the separation of black people and white people. ” The song first appeared in the late 1820s, and featured a white actor who played an African American while in blackface makeup.

The group used violence to oppose equal rights for African Americans. Ku Klux Klan members often disguised themselves by dressing in white robes with hoods, and burned wooden crosses as a Klan symbol. The Ku Klux Klan still exists today, with independent chapters across the country, with most in the Southern United States. NOBEL PRIZE An international prize that is awarded each year in chemistry, physics, physiology, economics, medicine, and the promotion of peace. RACISM The belief that people of one skin color are better than a people of another skin color; or, that individuals of a certain skin color have certain characteristics because of their skin color.

Breaking down injustice and racism was a journey that took many steps. It took great leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr. It took tragic crimes, like the murder of Medgar Evers. It took people who were willing to challenge injustice, like Rosa Parks. The walls of segregation and racism started to crumble in the 1950s and 1960s because of brave people who were willing to take risks for civil rights. The walls 28 came down because of thousands of courageous acts by people demanding freedom and dignity.

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