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    North Carolina pioneered many firsts for the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Raleigh was the birthplace of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee – one of the most significant civil rights activist organizations – and Estey Hall, the first building constructed in the U.S. for the higher education of African American women. Raleigh also developed the first public park dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. Greensboro is most widely recognized for the four Black students from Agricultural & Technical College of North Carolina (now North Carolina A&T State University) who challenged segregationists and set the standard for sit-in movements throughout the state and nation. By experiencing the sites and museums that commemorate these events, visitors will gain a broader understanding of the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement.


    When you’re ready to experience the history of the United States Civil Rights Trail firsthand, download a state itinerary. These guides have information about the sites you can visit in each state as well as directions and other useful tools to help you successfully plan your trip.





    The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history. We started this podcast to continue our mission of motivation people to learn more, see more and feel more. Through this podcast we will tell deeper stories of the Civil Rights Movement from people who were there and made a difference.


    • Season 1 – Alabama

    • Season 2 – Mississippi

    • Season 3 – South Carolina

    • Season 4 – Louisiana

    • Season 5 – Tennessee

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