Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s sought social and political equality for racial minorities in the United States. In challenging racial discrimination, civil rights activists also raised questions about traditional American gender identities, paving the way for the modern feminist movement and creating new possibilities for minority men to define their own masculine identities. With voting rights, increased educational opportunities, and access to better jobs, minority men became better able to fulfill traditional male roles as fathers, husbands, and community leaders. They also challenged racist stereotypes about who they were and what types of men they could be, constructing models of manhood grounded in racial identity and the struggle for racial justice.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ...

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