In this section you can familiarise yourself with key dates, events and people who were influential in the US struggle for civil rights.


Discuss the following questions with a partner to work out what you already know.

  • 1. Who are some key names in the US civil rights movement?
  • 2. What do you know about these people?
  • 3. What period in history (approximately) do we associate with the US civil rights movement?
  • 4. What big events have you heard of that are linked to this period in history?
  • 5. Why and how are some of the same issues still relevant today?

If you’re stuck,look here for some clues to get you started.