Aired 2004-05. It's been half a century since the Supreme Court ruled against racial segregation in the public schools, 40 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Movement, which had its most productive years in the 1950s and 1960s, involved the active participation of hundreds of thousands of people, black and white, northern and southern, from varied religious backgrounds and mostly young. Their efforts advanced the cause of human rights for African Americans, opening the education and economic doors for many. Extraordinary Possibilities: The Civil Rights Movement Then And Now presented some of the people and their stories already collected.