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Many people of African descent living in Britain and the USA today are linked by a common history: their ancestors were forced into slavery between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Their struggle to achieve civil rights – the rights of all people to social and political freedom – has been hard fought.

This book looks at the battle against discrimination and segregation, and the growth of the Civil Rights movement.

The Black History series brings together a wide range of events and experiences from the past to promote knowledge and understanding of black culture today.