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Why did the civil rights movement fall apart in the late 1960s and early 1970s?

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I would not say that the Civil Rights Movement "fell apart." Instead, I would agree with the second Educator's description of a movement which "unraveled to some degree" and lost momentum. To say that the movement "fell apart" would be to diminish contemporary efforts to address the excessive policing of black and brown people in public spaces and police brutality, efforts related to prison reform and unfair sentencing policies, and activism which addresses the inhumane treatment of non-white immigrants at the hands of American bureaucracy. The movement which occurred from 1955 to the early 1970s is notable for how much it accomplished in a short period, but it is one phase in a sustained effort for black Americans, particularly, to attain freedom and equality.

In regard to the mid-century decades that we characterize as the Civil Rights Era, the death of Dr. King was pivotal. Under his leadership, black people made great strides in voting rights and equal access to public...

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