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Untitled — This 5-year-old's photo tribute to black history... Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools. White students once accounted for a majority of the Tuscaloosa school district's students.

Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools

But by the mid-1990s, they made up less than a third. Total enrollment had dropped from 13,500 in 1969 to 10,300 in 1995. Many white parents had decided to send their children to nearly all-white private schools or to move across the city line to access the heavily white Tuscaloosa County Schools. Tuscaloosa's business leaders and elected officials had witnessed the transformation of other southern cities after their school districts had reached a tipping point—the point at which white parents become unsettled by the rising share of black students in a school, and pull their children from the school en masse. School districts in cities such as Birmingham and Richmond had seen their integration efforts largely mooted: just about all the white students had left. Districts under desegregation orders aren't supposed to take actions that increase racial separation.

The Fight for Civil Rights: 15 Images From America's Past. Wednesday marks 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964.

The Fight for Civil Rights: 15 Images From America's Past

The landmark piece of legislation outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended segregation in public services in the United States. The bill followed decades of bloody struggle by civil rights lawyers, activists and ordinary people to gain racial equality for African-Americans, in the face of determined opposition from white supremacists. During that time, the battle moved from the court to the streets as Martin Luther King Jr. spearheaded a strategy of nonviolent resistance with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The group organized peaceful protests in the deep South with the expectation that opponents would attack protestors, causing bad media coverage and public outrage. In 1963, for instance, the SCLC ran a campaign in Birmingham, Ala., complete with sit-ins at segregated businesses and a march of high school students.

Civil Rights for Kids: African-American Civil Rights Movement. History >> Civil Rights for Kids March on Washington Aug 28, 1963from the United States Information Agency The African-American Civil Rights Movement was an ongoing fight for racial equality that took place for over 100 years after the Civil War.

Civil Rights for Kids: African-American Civil Rights Movement

Leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, and Rosa Parks paved the way for non-violent protests which led to changes in the law. Then to Now. Segregation « Aisha Thalia. One day I was standing in front of a group of black children and was curious to find out how much they knew about their history (I will use the term black because not all of them are African American, some were of Caribbean heritage.)

segregation « Aisha Thalia

I asked them how many of them knew that blacks had been slaves in this country and in the West Indies. Eighteen sets of wide, curious brown eyes stared back at me, confusion misting over their small faces. Two students confidently raised their hands while the rest glanced around in shame for not knowing. At this point they must have felt my disappointment. I wasn’t disappointed in them, however I was disappointed in the school systems, disappointed in myself for not discovering this fact earlier and even more disappointed in their parents.

Let me begin by giving you some background: I am a teacher. I work in the public school system in a lower socioeconomic area where I am convinced that we are educating future workers instead of leaders. Black history timeline. Martin Luther King Jr. Biography. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. Biography

Synopsis Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Early Years Born as Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther King Jr.