1970 (Exploring Civil Rights: The Rise) (Paperback)

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1970 (Exploring Civil Rights: The Rise) (Paperback)


Learn about the key events of the civil rights movement in the latest installment of this exciting and informative series.

The year 1970 was one of hope in the civil rights movement in education, politics, and the arts. In January, Dr. Clifton Wharton, Jr., became the first African American president of Michigan State University. The first publication of Essence magazine launched in May, focusing on culture, beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Black women in America. In June, Kenneth Allen Gibson was elected as the first African American mayor of a major Northeast city — Newark, New Jersey. And in August, Charles Edward Gordone became the first African American playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, No Place to Be Somebody, about a Black bartender trying to survive in New York City.

This detailed account explains why 1970 was such a critical year in the civil rights movement.


The years from 1967 to 1978 were critical to the civil rights movement. Resistance was often met with violence against Black Americans struggling to end discrimination and segregation. Yet the courage of those yearning for equal opportunities under the law continued to persevere and set the stage for even more progress in the coming decades. Discover how this specific time period brought about change and how it still affects us as a society today.

With stunning photographs throughout and rich back matter, each book focuses on a specific year and chronologically follows the detailed events that occurred and the changes that took place.

Selene Castrovilla is an acclaimed, award-winning author. Her five books on the American Revolution for young readers include Scholastic’s The Founding Mothers. Selene has been a meticulous researcher of American history since 2003. Please visit selenecastrovilla.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9781338837605
ISBN-10: 1338837605
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Exploring Civil Rights