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However, the military was segregated, and they were not given the same opportunities as white soldiers.
After activism from black veterans, President Harry Truman de-segregated the military in 1948.
African-Americans gathered and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
They decided they would not ride on the buses again until they were treated the same as whites.
This article talks about the part of the movement that lasted from about 1954 to 1968.In 1957, the NAACP had signed up nine African American students (called the "Little Rock Nine") to go to Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.Before this, only whites were allowed at the school. The Governor of Arkansas called out soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the black students from even entering the school.The Civil Rights Movement was also made of people of different races and religions.The Movement's leaders and most of its activists were African-American.