Today, the 1960s civil-rights revolution is firmly entrenched in America civic culture. These rights symbolize as an inspiring story of courage in the face of age-old injustices and violent oppression. Less well-known is that the call for the equal economic rights is the most enduring and successful features of civil rights movement.
In the industrial setting, many black workers fought for many years against discrimination that denied them access to supervisory positions and high-paying skilled jobs. Consequently, Federal law outlawing discrimination in employment had a dramatic effect on black people. For instance, at South Carolina textile companies, the share of black employees jumped from less than 5% in 1963 to more than 20% in 1970 and to over a third by 1980. The same patterns were observed in the Southern textile companies. Although the textile industry declined due to global competition, desegregation in textiles industry was the main contributor to the sharp increase in relative incomes of black people from 1965 to 1975.
It was clear that civil rights movements were helping the black people in America to improve their living standards. The increase in incomes of black people enabled them to send their children to school, who would then get employment elsewhere in America.
The voting Right of 1965 led to an increase in the number of black elected officials. Political representation resulted in economic gains for black people. This was demonstrated by racial equity in the allocation of government contracts, equal distribution of public services and access to public-sector employment.