How was the 1960s very productive in creating the atmosphere for real change for African Americans?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not entirely certain that one can ever construct the idea of "real change" for African- Americans without discussing the elements of the 1960s as playing a vital part in this discourse.  On one hand, I think that the modern conception of freedom and equality for people of color, specifically African- Americans, is enveloped in this time period.  The 1960s was a time period in which the recognition and demand for acknowledgement of voice became a primary concern for African- Americans and people of color, in general.  With thinkers like Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Kwame Ture, it became a necessity for Civil Rights and the idea of what form this freedom will take to become a necessary part of the dialogue. The actions taken in the 1960s became critical in this transformation.  The decade featured the elements that help to fuel real change for African- Americans on multiple levels.  Politically, the passage of the Civil Rights Act helped to provide a sense of political and legal equality that had been unseen in the nation's history up to that point.  Socially, African- American protests and demonstrative show of dissent had helped to catapult issues of race into public and private discussions all over America, invariably contributing to a sense of change that resulted.  In these realms, the atmosphere of real change for African- Americans became vitally evident through the 1960s.