Vocabulary and Notables that led to Equality.
Here’s a basic list of terms, laws, and cases that would help one master an understanding of African American civil rights. Peruse the list and see which terms you are familiar with, and which ones you still need to master. Once you determine that, look up the definitions of the less-familiar terms.
13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
equal protection clause
Civil Rights Act 1964
Voting Rights Act 1965
de facto/de jure segregation
strict scrutiny test
heightened scrutiny test
rational basis test
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Heart of Atlanta v. United States (1964)
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)