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How have African-Americans worked to end segregation and discrimination and attain...

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brigaither | Student | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM via web

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How have African-Americans worked to end segregation and discrimination and attain equality and civil rights?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many ways in which African Americans have done this.  Let us look at three of them.

  • They have used legal action.  The most famous victory achieved by African Americans in this regard was the Brown v. Board of Education case that banned segregation in public schools.
  • They have used protest movements.  This was what the famous Civil Rights Movement did.  It used direct action by African Americans to push for equality.
  • They have used electoral politics.  African Americans have made themselves into an important constituency for the Democratic Party.  They have used this to push the government to enact programs that are important to them.

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