How did the civil rights movement shape other protest movements and freedom struggles?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one distinct and real way in which the Civil Rights Movement influenced other protest movements was how the Civil Rights course of action articulated that change must take place in different arenas of American society.  The change that was such an intrinsic part to the Civil Rights Movement sought to create new paths and avenues in social, legal, political, and economic spheres of being.  The Civil Rights Movement could not be limited into only one domain.  It outstretched into these other areas.  Subsequent movements have recognized the need to follow the same path.  Women in American Feminist movements in the late 1960s sought to create change in the same domains.  Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade, as well as seeking to expand economic autonomy, and the need for political action is one such example.  Advocates for gay marriage seek to appropriate the same path, constructing avenues in the legislative and social arenas.  The Civil Rights Movement's legacy is the need to fight for social change in multiple arenas that seek to take on the issue of change in different venues.