The Civil Rights Movement, initiated in the 1950s to end racial discrimination and segregation, was marked by a landmark Supreme Court decision and acts of civil resistance ranging from sit-ins at lunch counters to the March on Washington.

In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Nathaniel Steward, 17, recited his lesson, May 21, 1954, at the Saint-Dominique school in Washington, where the decision was applied for the first time.
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