Important Travelers in the Civil Rights Movement

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Lowe, Mark D.; Jensen, Sharon; Fitu, Mark; Rugh, Susan
Poster ID #454; History
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For African Americans, much of the twentieth-century was a long and grueling battle for civil rights. Racial violence and inequality were everywhere, and traveling was no exception. After World War II, and continuing through the following decades, black travelers were often denied service at restaurants, bathrooms, motels, and even amusement parks and beaches. This made it hard for blacks, regardless of status, to travel and to enjoy may forms of recreation. However, these difficult travel experiences allowed many African Americans to make a difference in the fight for equality.