A Timeline of Racial Progress in the U.S., and the Lack of It, Through the Years

Here are some, not all, of the seminal events in America’s journey toward racial fairness. It shows progress that has been frustratingly slow and painfully hard-won. For example, the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King occured in the same week. It seems as if it’s a case of two steps forward, then one back, or perhaps even a step and a half forward, then one back.

Please visit the Newsweek website to read this article: https://www.newsweek.com/timeline-racial-progress-us-lack-it-through-years-1515754

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is Chair of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington; Sam Hill is a Newsweek contributor, author and consultant.

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