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  1. Individuals
  2. Organizations
  3. Key court cases
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The darkest times of our nation surrounded two major happenings. The initial occurrence was the institution of slavery. Second, the struggle for civil rights has plagued our country even through today. Texas has been a key state in each of these events. Research of the civil rights movement further illustrates Texas' involvement. Key figures, legislation, and issues revealed through research further exemplify the Texas involvement in the civil rights struggle for African Americans and Latinos.

[...] Origins of the civil rights movements. Simon and Schuster Guglielmo, Thomas A. "Fighting for Caucasian Rights: Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and the Transnational Struggle for Civil Rights in World War II Texas." The Journal of American History 92.4 (2006): 1212-1237. Orozco, Cynthia E. The Origins of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement in Texas with an Analysis of Women's Political Participation in a Gendered Context, 1910-1929. University of California, Los Angeles, 1992. [...]


[...] The American G.I. Forum, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, Raza Unida, and the League of United Latin American Citizens were some of the more influential organizations. (Morris) Key court cases Change in terms of education began with a specific case. The initial incident leading to the case took place at The University of Texas Law School. Herman Sweatt registered in 1946 to no avail. The postal worker, with the assistance of the NAACP, managed to reach the United States Supreme Court with the case. [...]

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