This era spawned black activism and new leadership. The Montgomery Boycott ushered in the Civil Rights Movement; see footage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech during the March on Washington. Retaliatory violence gained increased support in the North; young blacks favored Malcom X.
Registration drives occurred throughout the South from 1962 to 1964. The 1965 Voting Rights Act marked the end of the first phase of the black revolt; black nationalism became the driving force. The Civil Rights Movement made for dramatic television.
One of the worst big city riots occurred in Newark, NJ. Blacks lashed out in anger after King's assassination. The Black Power Movement gave rise to militant organizations, but gradually lost momentum.
The story of Alex Haley's family helped change American culture during the third stage of the Civil Rights Movement. Actors discussed the portrayal of the African American saga and its impact.
Credits: Events That Changed America: Roots and Revolution
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African Americans have historically been on the fringes of society, but they have wrought major changes in this country. This program from Tony Brown's Journal examines two phenomena that have shaped the course of American history: one rooted in the precepts of liberty, freedom and justice and the other that embraced the universality of the black experience.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©1999
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