Martin Luther King once believed all people should be equal. Throughout different time periods Americans have had many different stages of biased ideas and or opinions towards other races. The idea of a race being superior towards another race has affected the United states in many different ways today. Racism has led us toward equal rights and equality among all races. In the 1860’s there were about 4,441,830 African American living the the United States. Many were living in the southern states of the United States. During this time period, there were many white men who owned an African American, as a slave. Slavery was caused because of the white men believing that they were superior towards other races, especially the African people. About 3,953,760 were slaves, and only about 488,070 African Americans were free. “In nothing was slavery so savage and relentless as in its attempted destruction of the family instincts of the Negro race in America. Individuals, not families; shelters, not homes; herding, not marriages, were the cardinal sins in that system of horrors”(Fannie Barrier Williams). Slavery destroyed many families, African American were being sold and treated as merchandise, not as a human. During the time of slavery there were some white men that did not believe in racism. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves” (Abraham Lincoln). Lincoln believed African Americans should not be slaves if others races were not treated as slaves themselves. Though some African Americans were living in the south, there were also a small amount of African Americans living in the north of the United States. African Americans living in the north had more freedom than in the south, but they still faced discrimination. They were able to work, but they worked enough to feed themselves and family, they were not able to succeed. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (Martin Luther King). Many people are sometimes to afraid of what might happen if they fight racism, that they never fight it and in the end, they are never able to find out. Rosa Parks was one of the many people who became tired of the racism the United States had. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free” (Rosa Parks). Rosa Parks was one of the many people who fought racism, which would eventually make our country a better place to live.
Rosa Parks was a black American who it has been said, started the black civil rights movement. Rosa Parks was fro Montgomery, and in Montgomery they had a local low that black people were only allowed to sit in a few seats on the public buses and if a white person wanted their set, they would have to give it up. On one bus journey Parks was asked to move for a white person, she refused and the police were call and she was arrested and convicted of breaking the bus laws.
Rosa Parks was a African American woman who sat in the front of the bus after a long hard day at work. As she traveled on the bus back home, a Caucasian male approached and asked her to get up from her seat to go to the back of the bus because he wanted to sit there. Instead of avoiding the trouble and just going to the back of the bus, she decided to stay where she was . Due to the time period, because of her not giving her seat up to the gentlemen, she was arrested and charged with civil disobedience. After her arrest was made a boycott would ensue
I want to start with the history of slavery in America. For most African Americans, the journey America began with African ancestors that were kidnapped and forced into slavery. In America, this event was first recorded in 1619. The first documented African slaves that were brought to America were through Jamestown, Virginia. This is historically considered as the Colonial America. In Colonial America, African slaves were held as indentured servants. At this time, the African slaves were released from slavery after a certain number of years of being held in captivity. This period lasted until 1776, when history records the beginning of the Middle Passage. The Middle Passage showed the increased of African slaves were bought into America. The increase demand for slaves was because of the increased production of cotton in the south. So, plantation owners demanded more African slaves for purchas...
As Americans, our laws should always line up to what the Constitution says. As Americans, we also have the right to challenge our government to make sure that we are living constitutionally. Rosa Parks along with many others believed that racial segregation was not constitutional and fought for the rights of thousands of African Americans. By demonstrating peaceful resistance, Rosa Parks caught the attention of lawmakers across the country and caused them to question the validity and constitutionality of the Jim Crow laws. Although Jim Crow laws were not completely abolished after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, it began the long road of each law being abolished one by one. As each Jim Crow law was abolished, more freedom for African Americans was gained. It was only by the peaceful resistance of Rosa Parks and several others that caught the eye of the government and began a process of positive change for the segregated United
Overall, Rosa Parks, with the support of the black community & many other people, become a huge icon in the Civil Rights movement. Because of the Montgomery Bus Boycott it changed the view for many people on how they treated each other back then. Even though Rosa may not have realized at the time how much of an impact she would make, the reaction that she had to the Montgomery Bus Boycott made many benefits on how we treated each other
Rosa Parks was an African-American women who was tired of being treated differently just because of her skin color. She was a very kind woman who fought against all the laws and segregation. Rosa was born in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama and died in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan (RM, plc. "Rosa (Louise McCauley) Parks"4). She did something that broke the law at the time but it changed this place and its keeps being an impact to everyone now in present days (Armentrout, DavidArmentrout, Patricia. "ALABAMA: Rosa Parks."1 ). She was on a Boycott bus on December 1, 1955 when the bus filled up and the African-Americans were supposed to give their seat up to the Americans but Rosa didn’t (Badertscher 1). She was 42 at this time so she knew what she was doing and she decided to do it anyways ("Rosa Parks"1). When she refused to give her seat up they ended up taking her to jail because she was breaking a law at the moment (Badertscher 7). She went to jail for something unfair, she was tired of getting no respect and treated like if she nobody or nothing in this world.
... in her memory. President Obama once said, “Our nation was forever transformed by her refusal to give up her seat, advancing our journey toward justice and equality for all” (Obama). Parks was a brave, courageous woman who wanted to make a difference for herself and many other African Americans who suffered from segregation laws. She once stated, “I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom” (Parks). Rosa Parks was successful in her attempts to make the world a better place. She fought against all odds to fight for the rights of African Americans. “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully we shall overcome” (Parks). Rosa Parks will forever be remembered as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Parks is well known for bringing about change in the civil rights movement and stopping segregation in the south. It is well known that she refused to give up her seat to a white man which seems absurd now, but at that time was actually illegal. She had committed a blatant act of civil disobedience by simply saying 'no'. By this act of civil disobedience she was able to bring national attention to the segregation that was going on in the south, and brought about major changes in creating complete equality for black people that lived in the south. Theses changes helped further our nation into being more accepting, and created a more freer society, this is the impact that one act of civil disobedience had on the nation.
Have you ever had to stand up for your rights on a bus? Rosa Parks had to when she was kicked out of her seat and arrested. Rosa Parks was apart of the Civil Rights Movement that had the idea of unifying blacks and whites. Although receiving countless death threats from hundreds she persisted and fought to get the rights that were just until her death at 92.
Unknowingly when Rosa Parks entered the bus on December 1st in Montgomery Alabama little did she know that she would be changing the world forever. For what she did, on the bus, not giving her seat to a white man, many consider her to be the “mother of modern-day civil rights movement.” Her courageous act is believed to have launched the civil rights movement. The attention gained by the incident on the bus allowed for more and more attention to segregation laws and working to change them to allow for racial equality. Today, the United States of America is still affected by racism, but it has been enormously reduced in the past fifty years. With an African American as the President, Barack Obama our first African American President, African Americans in the USA have the same rights as everyone else and a general sense of equal opportunity. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the future generations must continue what Rosa Parks left behind and let her legacy live on, forever.
With the arrival of the Civil Rights movement, African-Americans pursued their dream to one day stand as equal citizens under the law, as well as being accepted by those they lived amongst. However, all good things are generally achieved through hard work, and this was no different, especially since racism and segregation were in the root of the Southern society. Rosa Parks was the one of the most influential figures of the Civil Rights movement, mainly because her actions urged on many other African-Americans to create protests. She had refused to give up her seat to a white male instead of submitting and making her way to the back of the bus where she “belonged”. She ignored the tradition of the South that required African-Americans to give their seats that were close to
Dating back to the beginning of times people have always been looked at different depending on the color of their skin or what your religion, race, or beliefs may be. It is in our human nature to not like people for certain things that they are. Many will argue that in this day in age we are no longer at a race war but how can you be so sure when you actually open your eyes and see reality. Rapper Kanye West once said “racism is still alive, they just be concealing it” and these words are everything but false. You must ask yourself the real question about racism and it is how could you ever cure such a thing in people’s minds? People are free to think and believe what ever they would like and old habits such as racism will never change in people.
The Freedom Writer tells a story that taken place among a first year teacher and a group of different students that own all kinds of origin, color of skin and background. Erin Gruwell came from Newport Beach while the students came from East Los Angeles. In the movie, racism is a problem that cannot be neglected. It is the root cause of hatred, as well as a global issue.
Rosa Parks was an activist for black citizens. I am writing about her because I think what she did for Civil Rights is important. Rosa Parks was called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. What makes her a very important women, is that she stood up for what she believed in by not moving from the white area of a bus. This act changed freedom for colored people ever since.
For half of her life, there had been laws and customs that kept African Americans segregated from the Caucasians. These laws allowed whites to treat blacks without any respect. These actions were never thought to be fair. Even as a child, Rosa protested against disrespectful treatment. Yet, it was very difficult to do anything about the law, when all the law makers were of white ethnicity.