Progress by 1975

The new President, president Nixon, made no attempt to support the movement

He was against the idea that there should be a national holiday to celebrate MLK’s birthday

He dealt harshly with the Black Panther groups

1968 68% of southern children still attended segregated schools, by 1975 this had fallen to 8%

1972 Nixon set up the Office of Minority Business Enterprise to encourage black businesses

1972 Equal Opportunity Act gave the courts greater powers to enforce equality at work

Unemployment was still 3% higher for blacks than whites

1960 50% of blacks lived below the poverty line, by 1974 this had fallen to 30%

1973 16 blacks had been elected to Congress (the government)