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Making a Change: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement

See how advocates for — and against — change in the civil rights era leveraged the five freedoms of the First Amendment to make their voices heard.

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Historical Connections

The lead article in the African-American Pittsburgh Courier calls Martin Luther King Jr. a "20th Century Messiah" and notes that his speech was broadcast by radio, television and satellite.

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Historical Connections lessons help students trace the origins, peak and legacy of the civil rights movement. In particular, they illustrate the connections between the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment and civil rights movement milestones.

 

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