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What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don't Ask Your Textbook  

Stokely Carmichael delivers his _Black Power_ speech at a rally in Broad Street Park in Greenwood_ Mississippi.
Stokely Carmichael delivers his "Black Power" speech at a rally in Greenwood, Mississippi.
By Adam Sanchez  
Fifty years ago this week, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chairperson Stokely Carmichael made the famous call for "Black Power." Carmichael's speech came in the midst of the "March Against Fear," a walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to encourage African Americans to use their newly won right to vote. But while almost every middle and high school student learns about the Civil Rights Movement, they rarely learn about this march----or the related struggles that continued long after the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading.

"What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don't Ask Your Textbook"
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