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10 Places to Remember the Impact of the Civil Rights Movement

Despite threats of violence, Black Americans have never detoured from the road to equality.

The inhumanity of a life in bondage may have become a thing of the past following the Civil War, but equality was still a long way off. Black Americans continued to face discrimination and worse for decades. The dream of freedom long seemed far-fetched.

Then, throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and beyond, the height of the civil rights movement, acts of civil disobedience became common for Black Americans across the country. These ranged from refusing to leave segregated lunch counters in the South, to a magnificent showcase of solidarity on the grandest world stage of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Here are 10 places that you can visit today to relive and remember the trials, tumult, and triumph of the civil rights movement, as well as the acts of bravery and grace that led to it.