This PowerPoint presentation attempts to tell the long term story of the push for African-American civil equality. It begins with a brief recap of Radical Reconstruction in the 1860's and moves quickly into a reminder of Jim Crow and the Supreme Court's decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. It then quickly touches on minor efforts in advancing change including WWI, the Harlem Renaissance, and WWII. It delves more deeply into the efforts of A. Phillip Randolph and CORE during the War. It then picks up the struggle in a more fundamental way with the NAACP and the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. It continues by spending some time on all of the following topics: the murder of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, the Little Rock Nine, the formation of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Freedom Rides, the demonstrations in Birmingham, and the March on Washington. It charts the growing importance of Martin Luther King Jr. and talks about the role that Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy played. This presentation is used in an AP United States history class and is based on multiple chapters of The American Pageant, 14th edition.