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A variety of civil rights organizations have left their mark on race relations in the United States. Learn about the achievements of groups such as the National Urban League, NAACP and Congress of Racial Equality.

An Overview of Civil Rights Groups - From CORE to SCLC
Many of the civil rights groups that were around in the early 20th century, still exist. Learn more about these groups to discover how they continue to contribute to U.S. society today.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference Profile
During the civil rights movement, a number of advocacy groups for people of color rose to prominence, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This profile about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference reveals the fundamental role the group played in the fight for civil rights.

Congress of Racial Equality Biography
This biography of the Congress of Racial Equality contains information about the group’s history and importance to the civil rights movement as well as facts about CORE today. Learn how CORE’s nonviolent techniques helped the organization win key battles in the fight for desegregation and an end to Jim Crow.

American Indian Movement Profile
This profile of the American Indian Movement outlines the organization’s history and most high-profile actions, such as the Wounded Knee siege and the Alcatraz Island occupation. Learn about the movement’s goals, accomplishments and legacy today with this biography.

The National Urban League: An Overview
The National Urban League is one of the oldest civil rights groups in the nation. The NUL’s history includes activism in the Civil Rights Movement, providing college scholarships to African American youth and the creation of its groundbreaking State of Black America report. Learn more about the league with the overview below.

The 2012 Election, Republicans and Race
The Republican Party reassessed its direction after President Barack Obama defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. After the race, Republicans discussed how they can better reach minority voters and improve outreach in communities of color.

The GOP’s Diversity Problem
The lack of black, Latino and other delegates of color at the 2012 Republican National Convention has raised concerns that conservatives need to reach out to minority voters to become more diverse.

Five Ways Republicans Can Win Over Minorities
Republicans failed to garner as many votes from blacks, Asians and Latinos as Democrats did in 2012 election. This list of strategies includes steps the GOP can take to appeal to minority voters in the 2016 election.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Despite its name, the NAACP is made up of individuals from white, black and other racial backgrounds. Learn how this major civil rights group was formed as well as the major achievements in its multi-decade history.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
For decades, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has worked to secure the civil rights of a cross-section of Americans, including racial minorities. Today, it remains one of the key groups in the U.S. with a large influence on civil rights issues.

Black Panther Party
With the guns they brandished and their platform of self-defense, the Black Panther Party proved frightening to white America in the 1970s. Yet, the group managed to help black communities via its free breakfast program and efforts to end police brutality. Learn fact vs. fiction, as far as this militant organization is concerned.

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