Fight for Rights

Fight for Rights


The 1960s were significant years in the fight for equality. African Americans were at the forefront of the civil rights movement highlighting  inequities in voting rights, economic opportunity and educational opportunity. American youth protested involvement in the Vietnam War, and women staged a feminist movement.

Women protest for equality and peace (Source) Time

African American Civil rights march in Washington (Source) MPR News​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Protesting the Vietnam War (Source) Time

Native Americans, historically victims of discrimination and government neglect, witnessed the effectiveness of protests. Inspired by the attention these movements received, and to raise awareness of their plight, the United Bay Area Council of American Indians, led by activist Adam Nordwall, took action to ensure Indians would no longer go unheard.

"All around us, and in the Bay Area especially, a social storm was rising over equal rights for those they called 'Negroes' then... We watched from a quiet distance, aware of their frustration but seperated from their aims... It was our land that was being taken, our culture. We didn't want an equal place in society. We wanted what was ours alone."  ~ Adam Nordwall