Civil Rights Movement 1951-1969


The Civil Rights Movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the 1950s and 1960s for African Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. The Civil War had officially abolished slavery, but it didn’t end discrimination against blacks—they continued to endure the devastating effects of racism, especially in the South.

Travel through time to create an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. You will use the websites only on the PROCESS tab. Follow all directions on the TASK tab. Write and answer all questions in your notes. 


Write questions and answers into your notebook. You may watch any videos on the websites provided. We will discuss questions and answers tomorrow. 

Civil Rights Movement Overview 1950s

1. Who was Linda Brown? 

2. Linda Brown's father was one of the plaintiffs in which famous Supreme Court case? 

3. Explain Brown v. Board of Education. 

4. Watch the video on Brown v. Board of Education on the main page of link. 

5. Who was Emmett Till? 

6. Did Emmett Till have an open or closed casket? Why? 

7. What did Carolyn Bryan confess about Emmett Till?

8. Who was Rosa Parks, and what did she do? 

9. This was the first large-scale U.S. demonstration against segregation.

10. Who was elected by the Montgomery Improvement Association as the president to lead the boycott on December 5, 1955?

11. Watch video.

Martin Luther King Jr. Section 

12. Birth date and place 

13. Martin Luther King Jr. was a ______ ________ and _______ __________ who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in _______.

14. He was the driving force behind two watershed events: __________________ and ____________________________.

15. What was the SCLC?

16. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech calls for ________ and _______________.

17. Listen to "I Have a Dream" speech. 

18. What was the Civil Rights Act of 1957?


This Webquest serves as an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement. We will discuss questions and answers tomorrow. Information from the Webquest will be included in Chapter 16 test. :)


You have completed the introduction to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. Tomorrow, we will cover this information together. Then, we will move onto the civil rights movement in the 1960s.