Today many of the words used to label African Americans in the past are uncomfortable because they are tied to racism. One of these that you will see in images of the Civil Rights movement is the term ‘colored’. Today people would not use this word, instead people use black or, where relevant, African American instead.
Slavery was abolished in the USA in 1865, after a bloody civil war.
But did life improve for ordinary black people in America?
Black Americans continuously challenged their second-class status: