*With World War 2 at an end in the decade before the ’50s, America and NATO allies were firmly set for Cold War.
During this time, the ‘colored’ people who fought for the US and some of those who stayed behind started speaking up, refusing to tolerate their denials of citizenship.
They did so with the help of voter suppression and they never stopped complying with the legal structures that had been entrenched by their racist superiors.
The Black community in the ’50s was quite confident about their right as full citizens, and this is why they stood firms against racist policies and practices. They challenged all of the laws that hindered them from their rights.
Declaring Segregation Unconstitutional
People in the ’50s saw how the Supreme Court was coming out to declare segregation as illegal and unconstitutional. In 1951, DC restaurants had abolished segregation, followed by public education institutions and public housing facilities in 1954 and of course, public transportation in 1956.
Shortly after this first breeze of fresh air for the Black community, they saw the Congress come up with the Civil Rights Act in 1957. This was the first legislation of its kind after Reconstruction and it had created the Federal Civil Rights Commission, DOJ and the Civil Rights Division. These agencies were put in place for criminal pursuit and federal investigation into individuals or institutions that were prohibiting African Americans for exercising their rights as citizens.
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