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             The 1960's was a decade that forever changed the culture and society of America. The 1960's were widely known as the decade of peace .
             and love, not because the world had become a utopia but, in my opinion, .
             because of the heavy use of the popular hallucinogenic drugs by the .
             American youth. In reality minorities were struggling to gain freedom .
             from segregation and thousands of American soldiers and Vietnamese.
             civilians were being killed in the highly disputed war in Vietnam. .
             On February 20, 1960 four black college freshmen from the Negro .
             Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina quietly .
             walked into a restaurant and sat down at the lunch counter. They were .
             protesting the Jim Crow custom that blacks could be served while .
             standing up but not while they were sitting at the lunch counter. The .
             students quietly sat there politely asking for service until closing time. .
             The next morning they showed up again accompanied by twenty five fellow .
             students. By the next week their sit down had been repeated in fourteen .
             cities in five deep south states. In the weeks to follow many new .
             protests arose. After a black woman was beaten with a baseball bat in .
             Montgomery, Alabama, 1,000 blacks silently marched into the first capital .
             of the Confederate states to sing and pray. Six hundred students from two.
             colleges walked through the streets of Orangeburg, South Carolina with .
             placards that exhibited phrases like "We Want Liberty" and "Segregation .
             is Dead." By late June some kind of public place in over one hundred and .
             fifty different cities across America had been desegregated.
             John F. Kennedy was never able to gain enough support to pass a civil .
             rights bill during his short time in office, but Lyndon Johnson drawing on .
             the Kennedy legacy and the support of the nation succeeded in passing the .
             bill. The bill passed 71 to 19, four more votes than required.
             By early 1965 a new black leader had arose, whose name was .

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