Unlike in the 1960s, today African Americans have more freedom to accomplish anything. In 2016 Simone Manuel became the first African American women to win an Olympic gold medal for swimming. In 2015 Misty Copeland became the first African American women to become principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater. In 2008 President Barack Obama became the first African American President. Mr. Obama served two terms. In 2001 Robert Johnson became the first African American billionaire. (Taylor, 2007)
The 1960s was a time of racial division. Had any African American tried to accomplish the aboved metioned events durring the 1960s, each outcome may have been different. African Americans had to fight for desegragation and the right to vote. If it were not for the Voting Rights act of 1965 not passed there is no way Barack Obama would have been elected president.
Passed in 1965 after a century of deliberate and violent denial of the vote to African-Americans in the South and Latinos in the Southwest – as well as many years of entrenched electoral systems that shut out citizens with limited fluency in English – the VRA (The Voting Rights ACT) is often held up as the most effective civil rights law ever enacted. It is widely regarded as enabling the enfranchisement of millions of minority voters and diversifying the electorate and legislative bodies at all levels of American government. (Conference, 1950)
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An African American male currently holds the position of President of the United States of America. Our first Lady of the United States of America is an African American woman. African Americans are no longer subjected to the segregation, oppression and violence of the 1960s. However civil unrest and emotionally charged movements are still present in this community today just as it was in the 1960s. African American are free to eat, sit, and vote as they please now, unlike they were in the 1960’s. Voices of this community still cry out against the unfair treatment this community is receiving. America needs to hear these voices. America needs to see what these people see, like it was forced to in the 1960s. Until America does there will continue to be civil unrest and emotionally charged movements like there were in the 1960s.
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