Civil Rights Glossary
Vocabulary words that will help students understand the civil rights movement and the Montgomery bus boycott
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Appeal: To ask for a decision made by a court of law to be changed.
Boycott: To refuse to buy something or to take part in something as a way of protesting.
Creed: A system of beliefs; a guiding belief.
Defiance: The act of refusing to obey someone or some organization.
Discrimination: Prejudice or unjust behavior to others based on differences in age, race, gender, and so on.
Harass: To pester or annoy someone.
Integrate: To include people of all races.
Oppression: The act of treating people in a cruel and unjust way.
Provoke: To annoy someone and make the person angry.
Restrictive: Confining or keeping within limits.
Retaliatory: Revengeful; used to describe something unpleasant done to someone because the person has done something unpleasant to you.
Segregate: To separate or keep people or things apart from the main group.
Segregation: The act or practice of keeping people or groups apart.
Sharecropper: A farmer who gives a share of the crop to the landowner.
Tactics: Plans or methods to win a game or battle or achieve a goal.
Trivial: Not very important.
Unconstitutional: Not in keeping with the basic principles or laws set forth in the constitution of a state or country, especially the Constitution of the United States.
Violate: To break a promise, a rule, or a law.
This glossary has been adapted from the Scholastic Children's Dictionary.