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Civil rights movement

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The term civil rights movement is often used to refer to the modern-day American Civil Rights Movement to end Jim Crow segregation and extend full voting rights to African-Americans in the US Deep South. In fact, however, there is no single such movement. Throughout history and around the globe, individuals and a broad range of interest groups have struggled, and continue to strive, to obtain for marginalized and disenfranchised people rights and protections consonant with those in existence for other, more assimilated or accepted members of their respective societies. Within the US, organizations such as ACORN, National Council of La Raza and the NAACP continue the struggle for civil rights. The Civil Rights Movement has also been called the Black Freedom Movement, the Negro Revolution, the Second Reconstruction, and the Black Revolution.

See also: African American, civil right, civil rights history, human rights.

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