Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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How did the Civil Rights Movement inspire other reform movements by minority groups?

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It should come as no surprise that the fight for racial equality in the United States led to a number of other movements for reform by various minority groups. This Civil Rights movement showed the country that minority rights could be advanced through organized political and social efforts. Several other minority groups used their blueprint of success to forward their own agendas.

For instance, many women who had been part of the civil rights movement founded their own movements aimed at advancing women's rights. These included the Younger Women's Liberation Movement and NOW.

The Civil Rights movement also had a significant impact on the LGBT rights movement. During the 1960s, homosexuals were often regarded as mentally ill or immoral degenerates. Seeing the successes of the fight for racial justice, many homosexual activists found inspiration to challenge the stigmas they faced.

These, and other minorities such as Latinos and Native Americans, looked to the Civil Rights movement as...

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