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African American Civil Rights Tour

As the nation’s capital and, by 1957, the first large US city to become majority black, Washington, DC was central to the 20th century African American Civil Rights Movement. This tour highlights 100 sites associated with the people and events that defined the local and national battle for civil rights.

From picket lines to court rooms, DC residents organized to secure the end of the legal segregation that marked most aspects of daily life. In their homes and at work, at churches and schools, and at sites of communion and protest, they fought for political self-determination, equal education and employment, adequate housing and health care, access to public facilities, and the freedom to travel safely throughout the city and beyond.

20th Century African American Civil Rights Tour