Civil Rights Movement

Topics: Jim Crow laws, African American, United States, American Civil War, Rosa Parks / Pages: 4 (921 words) / Published: Dec 8th, 2014
Ajane Portee­Curry
December 7, 2014 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Historically, the Civil Rights Movement was a time during the 1950’s and
60’s to eliminate segregation and gain equal rights.
Looking back on all the events, and dynamic figures it produced, this description is very vague. In order to fully understand the Civil Rights Movement, you have to go back to its origin. Most people believe that Rosa Parks began the whole civil rights movement. She did in fact propel the Civil Rights
Movement to unprecedented heights but, its origin began in 1954 with Brown vs. Board of Education of
Topeka. Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka was the cornerstone for change in American History as a whole. Even before our nation birthed the controversial ruling on May 17, 1954 that stated separate educational facilities were inherently unequal, there was Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896 that argued by declaring that state laws establish

separate public schools for black and white students denied black children equal educational opportunities. Some may argue that Plessy vs.
Ferguson is in fact backdrop for the Civil Rights
Movement, but I disagree. Plessy vs. Ferguson was ahead of it’s time so to speak. “Separate but equal” thinking remained the body of teachings in America until it was later reputed by Brown vs. Board of
Education.

In 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and prompted The Montgomery Bus Boycott led by one of the most pivotal leaders of the
American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther
King Jr. After the gruesome death of Emmett Till in
1955 in which the main suspects were acquitted of beating, shooting, and throwing the fourteen year old African American boy in the Tallahatchie River, for “whistling at a white woman”, this country was well overdo for change. Before any steps could be taken for the equality of human kind, we had the tackle the idea of intergrationism. This

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