As we observed this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we remembered all those who took part in the Civil Rights Movement and the men and women of all ages who led, fought, and sacrificed their lives in this struggle. A Journey Towards Equal Rights invites students to explore the history surrounding the effort in the United States to fight discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or one’s national origin. This exhibit illustrates a journey towards more equal access to education, voting, public accommodations and jobs for all American citizens. Represented within the contents of this exhibit are a range of viewpoints and strategies that were utilized within the Civil Rights Movement and the events leading up to this movement. It also spotlights multiple sources of leadership, including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Color People, and many others. We hope students can use this as a point of reference as they continue the tradition of leadership and contribute towards the social and political movements taking place today.
13th Amendment - Passed by Congress in 1865 to abolish slavery in the United States
14th Amendment - Passed by Congress in 1866 to extend liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to formerly enslaved people
15th Amendment - Passed by Congress in 1869 to grant African American men the right to vote
Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Extensive legislation to prohibit race-based discrimination and other forms of discrimination including in the areas of voting, education, and employment
Fair Housing Act of 1968 - Prohibits housing discrimination based on an individual's protected class
Books written during segregation and integration