The civil rights movements that started in the 1940's led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr paved way for a racially just nation. This movements led to the dismantling of Jim Crow segregation in the South by passing of federal legislations that outlawed racial discrimination. It also inspired widespread awareness of the African American culture heritage and it's unique contributions to the history of the U.S.
There was increase in number of black students in public schools as well as the enactment of the Civil Rights Acts in 1964 that abolished major forms of racial discrimination. The movements also granted the African Americans the voting rights in 1965 when President Truman signed the Executive Order 9981. Segregation in the buses was also declared unconstitutional by the federal courts in 1955. The movement saw an end to segregating policies in Albany, discriminative economic policies in Alabama against African Americans, and housing segregation by enacting the Fair Housing Act in 1969. Finally, the movement saw the enactment of several programs that ended hunger in 1968.