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Did the Civil Rights Movement achieve its aims?

[50 PowerPoint Slides and 37 page Work Booklet]

Black Civil Rights USA

GCSE History Content

The areas covered are:-

  • The Jim Crow Laws, Plessy v Ferguson ruling
  • The KKK and lynch mobs
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Black Americans in the 1920s and 1930s
  • The impact of the Second World War
  • Brown v Topeka, Rosa Parks, Little Rock, Central High
  • The role of Martin Luther King 1960-1968
  • President Kennedy on civil rights
  • President Johnson on civil rights
  • The Black Power Movement
  • Malcolm X
  • Key skills, cartoon analysis and essay writing

Martin Luther King Interactive

Black Civil Rights 1920-1970

Other materials

60 Word documents include:-

African American Jobs

African American Migration 1940-1950

Alabama Literacy Test

American Presidents and Civil Rights

Analysing Cartoons

Did the Civil Rights Movement lose its way after 1968?

Examples of Non-Violent Protest

Homework Tasks 1 and 2

How effective was peaceful protest?

How successful was the Voting Rights Act

‘I have a dream’ speech

Letter from Birmingham

Mark Scheme Success

Martin Luther King v Malcolm X

Methods used by the Ku Klux Klan

Race Riots 1965-1967

The Civil Rights Act 1964

The Civil Rights Movement Sample Answer

The Importance of the Watts Riot 1965

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Tragedy Strikes in 1968

Why did some Black people turn to more violent protests in the mid to late 1960s?

Writing Frame Essay Success

HTML files

Self-Marking Tests 1-2

Black Civil Rights Interactive

Excite and challenge pupils with this interactive Power Point Presentation.  It can be used as a personalised independent learning module which enables pupils to cover GCSE content on Black Civil Rights in the USA 1920-1970 using the differentiated work booklet but can also be used as a revision resource or a teaching resource via a data projector or interactive whiteboard. It has been designed to give pupils the opportunity to learn and make progress in a different way.

The material is presented in an attractive and lively manner with text, images, audio, internet links, advanced materials to stretch and challenge, keywords and interactive maps in order to keep pupils challenged and engaged.

Each section has clear pupil-centred learning outcomes stating what they will learn and be able to do. They can monitor their understanding and progress through the embedded interim self-marking tests, homework tasks, end of module test and the extended writing task. There are sample answers and mark schemes.

Black Civil Rights Interactive

What is included?

50 PowerPoint Slides

37 page Work Booklet

60 supporting Word documents

2 Self-Marking Tests

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Why was it difficult for black Americans to gain equal rights in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s?

Key figures in the campaign for equal rights

Role and significance of Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr was a Christian Minister and he believed in peaceful protest without using violence, following the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. He believed that the way to protest was by means of sit-in protests and boycotts.

Birmingham, Alabama 1962/63

The council of Birmingham, Alabama, refused to let black people use entertainment facilities and leisure centres in the town. In 1963 MLK organised a march in which 30,000 black people took part. Each day, 500 people were arrested. The police, under the orders of their leader, Eugene 'Bull' Connor, treated the protesters cruelly, using water cannons and attacking people with dogs and batons. All this was shown on television and some of America's white population began supporting the black people’s cause. President JFK sent soldiers to make Birmingham council put an end to segregation. JFK said that the civil rights movement should as he was the one who had made many white people and the government realise the injustices faced by black people.

  • August 1963: 250,000 people, including 50,000 white people, take part in a march in Washington D C. This is where MLK delivered his famous speech calling for equal rights for all in America.
  • 1960s: As a result of MLK's work, many laws are passed to give black people more rights.
  • December 1964: MLK wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1968: MLK is killed by a white man who disagreed with his ideas.


Campaigners for racial equality (PDF file 309 kb)


Martin Luther King during his famous 'I have a dream...' speech in Washington D C (1963)

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