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Who was an important activist of the civil rights movements of the 1960s?  Who was an important activist of the civil rights movements of the 1960s?

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I have to concur with the first two replies. Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. was important because he was humble and eloquent, but also tough and steadfast. He set the stage by pushing nonviolence and prevented what would have been a long bloody battle.

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Certainly Rosa Parks was important to the civil rights movement. Her simple act of not giving up her seat on the bus was the catalyst for change in Montgomery, Alabama. She was within her rights, sitting in the "black section" of the bus. But when the white section filled up, the bus driver told her she'd have to give her seat to a white passenger who had just gotten on the bus. She refused, and she was arrested. Led by the young Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., black people boycotted bus service and almost bankrupted the company. It wasn't long after that bus...

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