What was life like in urban black communities in the 1960s?

By the early 1960s, African Americans were frustrated by daily life in the cities. Black and other minority communities were called “inner cities.”

In these thickly populated slum areas, or ghettos, there were high crime rates, high unemployment, a lack of health services, poor garbage collection, overcrowding, discriminatory consumer practices, and police brutality.

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