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The civil right movement in the 1960s was an enormous movement in the United States Although there was a struggle for civil rights all over the world the United States saw a great amount of the fighting After years of being oppressed African Americans in the United States took a stand for their rights and began to take action The year 1963 was monumental and Dr Martin Luther King Jr led the great movements that year King went to great depths and even lost his life fighting for the rights of his people King had a certain way of fighting for the rights that he knew black people deserved He didnt use guns and he wasnt physical in any way King led millions of people in the fight for their rights using nonviolence He modeled himself after nonviolent leaders such as Gandhi and Jesus Christ and taught his own followers that violence was not the way to accomplish what they wanted In Kings book Why We Cant Wait he tells of the struggles in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 King chose this city to stage his movement because he felt it was one of the most segregated cities in the United States Through many trials and tribulations King was able to gain acceptance for black people in Birmingham King knew that it wouldnt be easy but he also knew that it was time for change Black people all over the country knew it was time for change King and his people knew that they had waited long enough to be treated as equals At that time black people were treated as anything but equal All they wanted was the same rights as whites but even that brought about a struggle Black people were not allowed to sit at lunch counters walk on certain sidewalks or enjoy many public facilities Before 1964 all of these things and more were a reality for
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