Question: How did African Americans overcome discrimination?









Answer: During the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 1960s, things began to change. African American civil rights leaders such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced passive resistance (nonviolence), and civil disobedience to obtain political equality. Civil disobedience means not obeying laws that are seen as unjust. A great example of such were sit-ins, where African Americans challenged segregation laws by illegally sitting inside of “whites-only” restaurants. Through boycotts, marches, and speeches by those such as Martin Luther King, Jr, the climate began to change. It’s important to know that the NAACP was influential as a powerful interest group.

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