I was born in Jackson, MS in 1938, so I doubt you have more personal knowledge of this subject than I do. We probably share many of the same experiences. From the 1st grade through completing college I never attended an integrated school.
However, I was fortunate that although my family grew up in rural MS, moving to town during the depression to try to find work, they never taught me prejudice nor did they ever mistreat anyone, black or white. I remember being surprised as a young adult that there was prejudice against Jews by some folks. I then realized I had many friends whose names indicated they were Jews and I never even knew it. The subject was never broached. We were just friends. There was no prejudice against Jews at all that I knew of.
I don’t need to read about the Gulf of Tonkin as I remember it very well. Before that I remember growing up during WWII, with two uncles in the midst of it there was rapt attention paid to all news about the war. I remember the Korean War and a young neighborhood favorite, J.E. Allgood, being killed there. I remember the Vietnam war and all the street protests, not in Jackson but elsewhere, when the Left came out of their shell big time. There was an organized protest against segregation at Jackson State College, and all black university and alma mater of Walter Payton.
I remember all about the civil rights protests, the politics of the time and that the same people who were against the war were agitating for civil rights laws. I also remember our few black friends were not in agreement with that approach, thinking prayer and good Christian political leadership could solve the problem better, faster and that it would last longer. I agree with them. If you disagree, explain how those laws have not eliminated the racial problems, how Obama has not bridged the racial divide as they said he would. The answer is that the Left keeps it alive. Ingrained American racism is not the truth. That is simply a charge by the Left to keep the issue alive and the races divided.
I could write a book on this going back to when Vladimir Lenin dispatched Dr. Julius Hammer to the USA to raise money to support the Communists in their fight against the Tsar in Russia. He founded the Workers Party of America in 1907, later changed to Communist Party USA, before he was sent to prison (for a botched abortion that killed a society woman) and his son Armand took over. Armand enlisted the Sulzbergers, Publishers of the NYTimes, and Senator Albert Gore, Sr., as well as many others into the cause.
The Communist effort to subvert the USA has continued from President Woodrow Wilson through FDR, LBJ, Jimmy Carter, Slick Willie, and now Obama.
And yes, the civil rights movement was and is part of it.