Black History Month: These powerful photos show social movements throughout the years

A passenger points to one of the segregation signs removed from all Dallas Transit Company buses, following a Supreme Court ruling banning segregation on all public transportation within a state, on April 25, 1956.
A passenger points to one of the segregation signs removed from all Dallas Transit Company buses, following a Supreme Court ruling banning segregation on all public transportation within a state, on April 25, 1956. (Getty Images)

Black History Month is held every year to celebrate the achievements by African-Americans.

It’s also a time for recognizing the central role of Black people in U.S. history.

The road hasn’t always been easy. If you flip through these photos, below, you’ll see many different chapters from American history.

Still, it’s important to learn about our past in order to grow. Some pictures are from as recently as late last year, following the death of George Floyd.

The following shots, by the way, are not in chronological order.


Police officers in riot gear approach demonstrators Sept. 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, N.C. Protests in Charlotte began in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Getty Images)
A man holds a Black Lives Matter sign as a police car burns during a protest on May 29, 2020 in Atlanta. Demonstrations were held across the U.S. after George Floyd died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Getty Images)

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