Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
In visiting the 49 places listed in the National Register for their association with the modern civil rights movement, two things will be apparent. First, the modern civil rights movement was designed, led, organized, and manned by African Americans. Their heroism was brought home to every American through newspaper, and later, television reports as their peaceful marches and demonstrations were violently attacked by law enforcement officers armed with batons, bullwhips, fire hoses, police dogs, and mass arrests.
The second characteristic of the movement is that it was not led by one or two men. Rather it was a dispersed, grass-roots campaign that attacked segregation in many different places using many different tactics.