Slavery. Many people today would like to forget that part of America 's past but, for African Americans, it is not so easily forgotten. For African Americans, life in America has been tumultuous to say the least. Since those first few horrendous centuries, African Americans have been making strides towards a better existence. Things are better now because of the countless African Americans who strived and believed that things could be better for their people. Even though African Americans still have a ways to go, African Americans have come a long way over the course of 100 years because the foundation of the NAACP, the Harlem Renaissance, the "I Have A Dream" speech, and the fact that an African American was elected President.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also called the NAACP, is the first step that will be analyzed for the part it played in the journey of African Americans. “Founded in 1909, the NAACP is an integrated organization dedicated to the advancement of African Americans in U.S. society” (Barnes & Bowles, 2014). This ground-breaking organization was founded by many white liberals as well as some of the biggest names in African American history, W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells. W.E.B. DuBois was born a free man, and was the first African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University. Ida B. Wells was a journalist who spearheaded the anti-lynching campaign in the South. Lynching is “a race-specific murder perpetrated by an individual or a group... [which] could include hangings, severe beatings, physical torture, and often mutilation or burning of the victim 's body” (Barnes & Bowles, 2014). The NAACP was founded in response to lynch...
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... for America, but especially for African Americans; “It indicates that a Black man... can be taken as a serious presidential candidate across racial lines” (Miah, 2008). From the foundation of the NAACP in 1909 to the inauguration of the nation 's first African American president in 2009, the achievements African Americans made just over the course of those 100 years is astonishing and inspiring for the future.
Over the course of a century, African Americans went from needing a specialized organization to ensure their fair treatment to having an African American be elected the President of the United States. The African American story began with slavery, unfortunately, but that no longer defines African Americans as a people. From that dark beginning, a sun has been rising steadily over the past centuries that will shine ever brighter in the new day that is to come.
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