This week, as part of Black History Month, Maps101 is taking a look at the civil rights movement. Although the Emancipation Proclamation, ordered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, freed people who were enslaved, in reality, they had few rights and even fewer opportunities. As late as the 1950s, racial segregation was a fact of everyday life. That is nearly a century later! Jim Crow Laws were designed to impede Blacks from exercising their right to vote. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, among many others, began organizing to ensure African Americans their rights. The movement culminated with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This week we’ll explore major events of the movement to achieve full rights, under the law; Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.; civil rights cases in the courts; and the impact of the civil rights movement.