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Did the formation of a black middle class lead to successes in the Civil Rights Movement?

By Aleysha Shergill, History Student @ St Hilda's College, Oxford


During the 1940s, there was a marked improvement in the quality and accessibility of education for black students, supported by Supreme Court rulings such as Gaines v Canada (1938). By 1950, 83,000 African American men and women between 18 and 24 were enrolled in universities. This contributed to the