American Civil Rights Movement Law and Legal Definition

American civil rights movement refers to African-American Civil Rights Movement which was an effort toward achieving true equality for African-Americans in all facets of society. The movement aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans in and restoring voting rights in Southern states. It also emphasized on fundamental issues of freedom, respect, dignity, and economic and social equality. The movement was qualified by major campaigns of civil resistance. Due to the resistance methods adopted by activist, federal, state, and local governments, businesses, and communities often had to respond immediately to crisis situations that highlighted the inequities faced by African Americans.