African American Civil Rights Movement

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The African American civil rights movement was an ongoing movement that lasted from (1954-1968), in an effort to end racial discrimination, segregation, and inequality. African Americans at the time were banned from associating with any of the white community, and were banned from most white public facilities, such as schools, hospitals, restrooms, waiting rooms, restaurants, just about everything. Signs like “whites only,” were posted on buildings to keep African Americans out, but this did not stop there movement. The movement created many leaders, fighters and ultimately a new plan to stop the racial discrimination against the blacks in the south and all around the country. Many African American leaders had a huge impact in this nonviolent movement that gave people a sense of courage, and to show they were not alone. Many events occurred during this movement that demonstrated there fight towards ending racial discrimination and segregation. Civil rights leaders, sit-ins, freedom rides; all had a major contribution in the movement, which have had everlasting effects still today. There were many great leaders that gave people the courage to go out and fight for their rights. A man by the name of Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League baseball when he had joined and played for the Brooklyn dodgers. Jackie Robinson ignored the fact that segregation was a huge issue, and he became the voice for many African Americans to fight through the harsh name calling and abuse, and make a name for you - a true hero, indeed. Rosa Parks, another inspiration and true hero too many, “challenged the law of tradition, and on December 1, 1955 she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger” (pg13) and she was arrested. This provok... ... middle of paper ... ...t they are being turned down and become even stronger. By 1961 the first wave of the movement “the sit-ins had achieved impressive results,” so the second phase of the movement began. The freedom ride also known as the “movement on wheels.” The rides consisted of both blacks and whites who had taken buses down into the south from Washington to Alabama, to challenge racial segregation. Whites were armed and waiting for them when they got into Alabama and brutally beat the rider on the first bus and set the bus up in flames. The riders were refused treatment at hospitals for their injuries. The second bus had run into a similar situation but kept on its way to Birmingham where they were met again by a crowd. This was yet another huge step in the movement and showed the courage of the riders and there will to succeed in their mission and nothing was going to stop them.
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